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Martin Sutton

FOUNDER & LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Martin Sutton is the founder of The Songwriting Academy and

Martin Sutton is the founder of The Songwriting Academy and multi-platinum songwriter and producer. Starting as a young busker on the streets of Norwich, he spent years developing the craft of songwriting, traveling the world to work with other writers, learning about the music business and honing his production skills. He is now a successful songwriter/producer and has sold millions of records in nearly 50 countries around the world.

His work includes Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Gary Barlow, Pixie Lott, Mark Owen, Olivia Newton-John, Andrew Roachford, Brian McFadden, Lulu, Mike & The Mechanics, K-Pop superstars Super Junior and X-Factor/Idol winners worldwide.

His teaching methodology and ethos have been described as “life-changing” by many of his students and over the years he has shared his knowledge and experience with thousands, opening their eyes to the world of professional music making. His diverse programming and production skills are widely sought after, from orchestration for Celine Dion and Andrew Lloyd Webber to quirky programming and beat-making for K-Pop/J-Pop artists, and rich country productions for artists including LeAnn Rimes.

Michael Garvin

Michael Garvin is a Grammy nominee and multi platinum writer

Michael Garvin is a Grammy nominee and multi platinum writer of 22 No.1 hit songs including “Waiting For Tonight” (Jennifer Lopez) and “Never Give Up On A Good Thing” (George Benson).

Not only has he written global hits for the pop market but is also a highly respected figure in the country market, having written hits for Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette and George Strait, amongst many others.

He is a well-loved mentor at the Songwriting Retreats and an avid supporter of new talent. Michael was recently the second “most added playlist” artist on the Billboard charts with his jazz guitar instrumental project.

Pam Sheyne

Now based in Los Angeles, New Zealand born Pam Sheyne’s

Now based in Los Angeles, New Zealand born Pam Sheyne’s career has resulted in a number of globally recognised hit records, major film end titles, sales of 50+ million records, 100+ platinum, gold and silver sales certifications, 7 BMI Pop airplay citations and a prestigious Ivor Novello award.

Whilst best known for the global breakthrough single “Genie In A Bottle” for Christina Aguilera (No.1 USA Hot 100/No.1 UK), she was also responsible for Dream’s debut hit “He Loves U Not” (USA No.2 Hot 100/No.1 Soundscan) as well as Jessica Simpson’s “Irresistible” (No.15 USA Hot 100).

Her songs have been covered by a number of international artists including Seal, Corrine Bailey Rae, The Backstreet Boys, O Town, Nick Lachey, Laura Pausini, Hayley Westenra, Lindsay Lohan, Eternal, Play, No Angels, Cece Winans, Point of Grace and The Saturdays.

Shelly Poole

Shelly Poole is a multi platinum selling British singer and

Shelly Poole is a multi platinum selling British singer and songwriter who has achieved international success in an ever- increasing variety of musical settings. The daughter of Brian Poole of the classic 1960s group The Tremeloes, Shelly formed the chart-busting band Alisha’s Attic in the late nineties with her sister Karen . Alisha’s Attic scored a string of hit singles, made 4 gold and platinum selling albums, secured a nomination for an Ivor Novello songwriting award and saw Shelly described as one of the iconic female voices of the legendary lilith fair tour of America in 1997.

Shelly’s 2005 solo album Hard Time For The Dreamer entered the I tunes charts at number 1 and earned her constant radio exposure and copious five-star reviews. In 2008 she co-founded the country/folk band Red Sky July with her husband Ally McErlaine (lead guitarist and founder member of Texas) and the American singer Charity Hair. Red Sky July have released 3 albums all entering the Official Uk Country charts in the top 3 . They also won the Nordoff Robbins inspiration award in 2013 and have toured with Jools Holland , Sheryl Crow , Steve Earle , Tom Jones , they continue to make records and tour.

Shelly is also a highly respected award wining songwriter and has worked closely and had hits with talents as diverse as Janet Jackson , Massive Attack, Jack Savoretti ,Mark Ronson, Gary Barlow, Westlife, Boyzone, Paloma Faith , Michael Gray, Zucchero amongst many others Shelly also continues to write with produce and mentor new and emerging artists.

Chris Neil

Chris Neil is a multi platinum producer and songwriter. He

Chris Neil is a multi platinum producer and songwriter. He began his career as the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair in London’s West End. After a short period as a recording artist he moved into record production and swiftly became one of the most respected producers in the industry.

In his career he has produced classic records for artists including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Mike & The Mechanics, Cher, Jose Carreras, Andrew Lloyd Weber and many more. Chris is also a multi-platinum writer, having written hits such as “All I Need Is A Miracle” for Mike & The Mechanics. His knowledge and attention to detail as a producer are unparalleled and he is renowned for his remarkable talent in vocal production.

Rob Davis

In 2000 Rob wrote the record phenomenon of the year,

In 2000 Rob wrote the record phenomenon of the year, Spiller’s “If This Ain’t Love”. He then trumped it with the boundary crossing pop single of the year, Kylie’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, co-written & co-produced with Cathy Dennis which went to No.1 in over 25 countries and earned them 3 Ivor Novello awards: Most Performed, Best International, and Best Dance Song.

An accomplished producer, guitarist and keyboard player, Rob has worked with some of the best of British and American songwriters and artists. He is equally adept at turning an instrumental dance groove into a FM-friendly anthem or creating pop classics from scratch.

Rob Wells

Rob Wells is a multi-platinum, award-winning music producer and songwriter

Rob Wells is a multi-platinum, award-winning music producer and songwriter based in Canada.

Wells has worked with Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Adam Lambert, Serena Ryder, Nick Lachey, Mika, Katharine McPhee, Backstreet Boys, Kai, Paloma Faith, Alex Aiono, Nelly Furtado, Big Time Rush, Mindless Behavior, Cyndi Lauper, Corey Hart, Olivia Newton John, Boyzone, Ronan Keating, Ria Mae, Lights, USS, Frank Walker, Bobby Bazini, Tep No, Victoria Duffield, Keshia Chante, Matt Dusk, Marie-Mai, Marc Dupre, Shiloh, RyanDan and many others.

His work has been featured in numerous films, television shows, commercials and video games worldwide.

With a star on the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, Rob has appeared as a music producer on “Canadian Idol”, “The House Of Carters” & “The Next Star”.  His awards include first place in numerous songwriting competitions, and SOCAN #1 awards with gold, platinum & multi-platinum certifications.

Larry Dvoskin

Larry Dvoskin is a Grammy nominated musician, #1 best selling

Larry Dvoskin is a Grammy nominated musician, #1 best selling author, entrepreneur, investor, music consultant and freelance writer for Rolling Stone magazine.

In a variety of roles his credits  include David Bowie, Sammy Hagar, Bono, MGMT, Sean Lennon, Al Jardine of The Beach Boys, Unicef, UN, RCA, EMI, Warner Brothers, MTV, CBS, ABC, and as a creator and executive producer has sold television shows sold to NBC, MTV, Logo, and others

He has taught Songwriting at the NYU School of Professional Studies for 22 years and is the Founder and President of Do What You Love Media, Miracle Music Inc, and Cool Guy Music Inc.

Liz Rodrigues

Toronto-born, Liz Rodrigues, is a versatile singer and songwriter, whose

Toronto-born, Liz Rodrigues, is a versatile singer and songwriter, whose songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Pitbull, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Nicole Scherzinger, most notably on numerous projects with Eminem and Celine Dion.

Liz cemented her success in the hip hop world with song placements on Eminem’s Grammy winning albums, Recovery and Marshall Mathers LP 2, contributing vocals to several of the placements. Continuing her association with Eminem along with her co-writing partners from the hip hop/alternative band The New Royales (which includes producer DJ Khalil, Chin Injeti, Erik Alcock and Rodrigues) Liz co-wrote and sang the chorus on the rock anthem “Survival”, which was premiered on the “Call of Duty: Ghosts” video game trailer. In 2015, Liz co-wrote “Kings Never Die”, a Gwen Stefani/Eminem duet which was the end title track for the feature film, “Southpaw”, also included on the film’s soundtrack album.

Recently, Liz co-wrote 6 songs on Celine Dion’s latest album, Courage, including title track and first single, “Flying on my Own.”

Liz is currently in pre-production for her own debut album, due in late 2022.

James Bryan

James is a  Juno and Latin Grammy winning songwriter, guitarist

James is a  Juno and Latin Grammy winning songwriter, guitarist and producer who’s mission is to inspire, uplift and connect through music. He began his career in 90’s Canadian acts Philosopher Kings and Prozzak, both achieved platinum sales, top 20 radio success and a dedicated fan base across Canada.

James’ passion for collaboration grew into a global songwriting and recording career with top artists including Nelly Furtado, Shawn Mendes, Luis Fonsi, Martin Garrix, Yuna, Lisa Marie Presley and many more. James has co-written and performed on hundreds of recordings, with artists from every continent, performed on stages from Wembley Stadium to Madison Square Gardens and Massey Hall. He has lived in Toronto,London and LA and is at home in any studio in the world.

James has also released 3 albums as a solo guitarist with another coming in 2022.

Recognized for his musicianship, big hooks and melodies, James greatest strength and passion is his ability to bring out the best in the artists he collaborates with.

Listen to James’ songwriting and production playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3qcPe0wGGi0YM7k9vpa3Ql?si=D1EvH62hTtqyvlHT-Kbjww

Kevin Antunes

Kevin Antunes has charted with Justin Timberlake, been the musical

Kevin Antunes has charted with Justin Timberlake, been the musical director for Madonna and Shakira, played with Aerosmith, created scores and sound design for CBS TV Special Michael Jackson’s Halloween and re-Imagined and re-Mixed Michael Jackson ONE for Cirque du Soleil’s residency show in Las Vegas.
He is a Musical Designer/Director, Producer, Songwriter, and Digital Audio Editor & Mix Engineer with more than 30 years of experience and the full 360 creative package of skill sets. When he created and toured with Madonna on her 2020 MadameX World Tour, he musically directed a cast of 26 musicians including a string section, pianist, guitarists, vocalists, and a choir from Cabo Verde. He also worked with Shakira to co-create her El Dorado World Tour.
Kevin is able to maintain the highest level of artistry and sonic clarity through his ability to connect on multiple levels with the recording artists, artistic directors, and show creators while utilising his songwriting, editing, and mixing skills to be the musical point person who can accommodate an endless range of creativity and imagination.

Ian Dench

Ian Dench was the guitarist and principal songwriter in the band EMF, who

Ian Dench was the guitarist and principal songwriter in the band EMF, who scored a major international hit with the song “Unbelievable” reaching number 1 in the United States.

He co-wrote the duet “Beautiful Liar” for Beyonce and Shakira for which he won an Ivor Novello award in the Best Selling British Song Category in 2008. Beyonce’s album “I Am… Sasha Fierce” saw a further three Dench songs: “Disappear”, “Ave Maria”, and “Satellites”. Other hits include “Tattoo” for American Idol winner Jordan Sparks, “Red” a top 5 UK hit for Daniel Merriweather and “Gypsy” from Shakira’s “She Wolf” album.

Ian also spent 2 years as Vice President of A&R at Epic Records in New York so has a unique experience of songwriting from both sides of the table. He is a hugely popular mentor at the Songwriting Retreats, always offering advice, support and encouragement in equal measures.

Sharon Vaughn

Sharon is a multi platinum songwriter who started her career

Sharon is a multi platinum songwriter who started her career in music in her home state, Florida,  as a singer.

She spent years as a session singer (Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, George Jones and many others) until her first recorded song hit for the Oak Ridge Boys, followed shortly by the iconic, MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS, by Waylon Jennings and then recorded by Willie Nelson on OSCAR winning soundtrack of The Electric Horseman film.

After enjoying long term success as a country music songwriter, she moved to Stockholm in 2008 and penned Agnes’ worldwide hit, RELEASE ME and continues to travel back and forth between Europe and the States composing all genres of music… including scores for musical theatre in Europe and The States.

Paul Statham

Paul Statham is a multi platinum selling songwriter and producer

Paul Statham is a multi platinum selling songwriter and producer who has been published by Warner Chappell Music for over 18 years. Paul co-wrote with Dido the breakthrough single “Here With Me” and the title track of her first album No Angel, selling over 20 million records.

Paul also wrote two tracks on Kylie’s massive album “Fever” Kylie as well as songs for The Saturdays, Matt Cardle, Gabriella Cilmie, Peter Andre, Rachel Stevens, Right Said Fred, Tina Arena and many European acts inc the Italian artist Noemi (recent album “Made in London was a no 1 record in Italy ). He has also worked with more left field artists, writing 7 albums with former Bauhaus vocalist Peter Murphy, 2 albums with Mercury prize nominated Helicopter Girl, and Scottish rock band Simple Minds.

Paul spends a lot of time developing new artists/writers for Warner Chappell including writer Ed Drewett  (1D, The Wanted). Paul also lectures weekly at Solent on popular song writing and Leeds College of Music where he is a visiting Professor.

https://www.paulstatham.com/about

Listen to some of Paul’s work here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5VnP8AVEk4b6W9NZpqigps?si=cba5fe08ee5e4b9c

Al Berry

Al is a seasoned world-touring musician, songwriter, bassist, vocalist and

Al is a seasoned world-touring musician, songwriter, bassist, vocalist and recording artist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.

He has written with Nile Rodgers, toured with Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson, and worked with Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, BB King, as well as featuring on the Grammy award wining multi-platinum album “Family Style’ by Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughn.

His network in the industry is vast and his compassionate approach to helping and supporting new songwriters and artists is an inspiration.

Andrew Rollins

Andrew is an Emmy award winning composer, hit songwriter and

Andrew is an Emmy award winning composer, hit songwriter and musician, an acoustic master – whether he’s playing guitar, keyboard, or mixing, orchestrating or editing.  Andrew has an innate ability to capture the essence of a mood and this has been key to his contributions in various well known songs, as well as music on film and television.

His resumé includes several songs on the ABC series Nashville, the theme song of the award winning comedy show The Hughleys, featured songs for HBO’s Happily Ever After: A Fairy Tale for Every Child, Three Little Pigs and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and other features for network and cable productions including General Hospital, The Ranch, At Any Cost, Mr. Music, Shake, Rattle & Roll, Hendrix, Free of Eden, My Own Country, Live Through This, Jailbait, Star Trek Voyager, The Amazing Race, Level 9, and the Broadway production It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues – which was nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Musical.​

Andrew has worked with well known recording artists including Andre Benjamin, B.B. King, Chaka Kahn, Marc Anthony, Chante Moore, Charles Esten, Ronnie Dunn, Terrance Trent D’Arby, Graham Nash, Billy Ray Cyrus, Blink 182, Dan Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Jose Feliciano, Johnny Lang, Dicky Barrett, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, Deana Carter, Carole King, Joe Walsh, Gary Allen, Saison, IV Xample, and En Vogue, among many others.

In 2018, Andrew was nominated and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song “Who I Am”, which he wrote for General Hospital.  Some other awards that he received include 3 SISA International Music Awards for Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Song of the Year for I Believe,  a Telly Award,  and the Axion Award for Musical Excellence.

Andrew is now runs a publishing company Left On Sunset with Randy Jackson.

Vincent Corver

Official Steinway Artist and Award-Winning Pianist, Composer & Producer.  

Official Steinway Artist and Award-Winning Pianist, Composer & Producer.
 
Vincent’s recordings and performances received global, five-star acclaim from The Gramophone Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, American Record Guide & others. His recent musical score for the international campaign “Qurated For You” by the Qatar Tourism Authority for the FIFA World Cup 2022 has been airing to over One Billion people daily in over 700 different formats all across the globe, including on NYC Times Square and London Piccadilly Circus.

His recordings and compositions earned him the Diapason D’Or Award, Triple Platinum at the Marcom Film Awards, including one Platinum and two Gold Awards at the AVA Digital Awards. In 2016 Corver became a Native Instruments Feature Artist, producing various collaborations projects with the Universal Music Group. He works in close relationship with the renowned DJ Paul van Dyk producing the hit-track “While You Were Gone” and tracks like “Escape Reality Tonight”, “Reprise” and “Deep Within”. His music is being performed at all major music festivals around the world, including TomorrowLand, Cream Ibiza, Creamfields, Amnesia, Electric Castle, Ministry of Sound and many others. He specialises in the composition and production of Film- and Electronic Music scores, where the composition process mostly starts at the piano.

Maria Christensen

Maria is a multi platinum award winning songwriter and artist

Maria is a multi platinum award winning songwriter and artist with hit songs recorded by global artists including  Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, N’Sync and many placements in Disney films and TV shows including Girl Meets World and Stuck In The Middle.

Originally from South Florida by way of Pittsburgh, PA, Her strong voice caught the ear of Grammy award winning producer Ric Wake, who produced such artists as Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Taylor Dane and moved her to New York to record with him. The result was her self-titled album on Atlantic Records.

At that time she co wrote with some of the most successful songwriters in New York and she honed her own skills as a songwriter and began to place songs with many successful artists. This lead to a publishing deal with “Notation Music Publishing”.

Her songs have been recorded by artists including Celine Dion (“Just a Little Bit of Love” and “Christmas Eve”) both on which she also lent backing vocals, and N’SYNC (“The Only Gift”).

Later she was signed to A&M Records as the lead singer of the group 3rd Party for which she co-wrote the song “Waiting for Tonight” with TSA mentor Michael Garvin. The song went on to become a top 5 Billboard charting worldwide hit for Jennifer Lopez.

Her music can also be heard in films and TV. shows such as “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”, “Drumline” “Kiss me Guido” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”.

Recently she placed two songs on the hit Disney film “Lemonade Mouth”. From there she cultivated a relationship that resulted with song placements in other Disney TV. shows such as “Austin and Ally” and “Jessie”.

Her Christmas song “Favorite Time of Year” was feature at the Macy’s Day parade last year as performed by Debby Ryan.

She also wrote the theme song for Disney’s hit TV. show Girl Meets World, called Take on The World and current has the single Lucky Me with up coming young country artist Tegan Marie,  She recently landed the theme song for new Disney show “ Stuck in the Middle “.

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson is best known for his work with Kylie

Steve Anderson is best known for his work with Kylie Minogue having been her Musical Director since 1998 working on every tour and appearance including “Showgirl”, “Aphrodite – Les Folies”, “The Queens Diamond Jubilee”, The Olympics and Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies and her legends performance at Glastonbury which was the most watched of all time.

He has also worked as Musical Director for Leona Lewis, Steps, Little Mix and Westlife as well as the orchestral spectaculars, “Lush Classical” and” 80s Classical” with long term collaborator and arranger Cliff Masterson.

He has produced, written and remixed songs for artists including Kylie, Take That, Delta Goodrem, Ella Henderson, Britney Spears, Susan Boyle, Westlife, The Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

Stage credits include The London production of “Rent” , “Some Girl I Used To Know” starring Denise Van Outen and the fabulous burlesque extravaganza “The Hurly Burly Show”.

Most recently he has produced Hollywood star Luke Evans’ debut solo album “At Last”, the debut album by Broadway legend Marisha Wallace “Tomorrow” and the huge charity single “I Dare You” bringing together over 250 performers from every West End show affected by the recent lockdown.

Kevin McCove

Kevin McCove is both a successful musician and passionate educator.

Kevin McCove is both a successful musician and passionate educator. He has performed opening shows for Drake, Billy Joel, Kid Rock, One Republic, Backstreet Boys among other major names. As a composer and songwriter experienced in synchronisation, Kevin has had music placed in TV networks including CBS, Fox, MTV and Telemundo, as well as advertising placements with Delta Airlines, Gannett, Toyota and more. Kevin has inked performance contracts with LiveNation, worked on songwriting teams with artists from Atlantic records, UMG and RCA. In education he and is a highly respected speaker who has guest lectured at many schools and universities on how to equip yourself to become a full time musician in today’s music business.

Stephen Allen Davis

Two time Grammy nominated songwriter Stephen Allen Davis’ musical career

Two time Grammy nominated songwriter Stephen Allen Davis’ musical career began in 1967 when he walked into his first meeting with a major music publisher in Nashville. He played one song that day. That song was “Take Time To Know Her” and it went on to become one of Percy Sledges’ greatest hits, reaching top 10 with a gold record and resulting in Davis’s first (2) BMI awards. Stephen was offered an exclusive publishing contract and within a few months he was signed to RCA Records and flown to New York to record. Stephen had just turned 18.

Since then Stephen Allen Davis has had over 350 songs recorded by a diverse group of artists ranging from the likes of Diana Ross to Tammy Wynette, Meatloaf to John Hiatt and George Jones to Joe Cocker. World-wide sales top 40 million. Stephen has earned 18 prestigious BMI awards over the years and has 3 songs that are in the exclusive Million-Aire performance song category. His song “Stand Beside Me” recorded by JoDee Messina was awarded a 3 million plays certificate from BMI.

Stephen Allen Davis has released 9 critically acclaimed albums over the years including “The Light Pink Album”. He is presently recording his newest project “Jericho Road” at his studio TWANGSTAR IV. Stephen Allen Davis continues to fine tune his craft and to extend his creative reach.

Eliza Carthy MBE

Eliza is a multi award winning Folk revival artist, musician

Eliza is a multi award winning Folk revival artist, musician and broadcaster honoured by the Queen with an MBE in 2015, for services to Folk Music.
Her music effortlessly crosses boundaries of genre and style, whether performing a centuries-old ballad or a self-written song, with her powerful, nuanced voice, fiercely beautiful fiddle playing and mesmerising live performances.

Listen to examples of Eliza’s work here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3ZSRiAJKs42ymp2KYA80Qh?si=1t2AFAJuTvySJt-s8yawiw

Born into a formidable musical dynasty, her mother Norma was one of The Watersons and her father Martin Carthy is a hugely influential singer and guitarist. Eliza was championed from an early age by the likes of John Peel, Andy Kershaw, Billy Bragg and Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis and has moved through English folk music like a force of nature, both stirring it up and putting it back on the map through television, radio and live performance.

She has been a judge at both the Q Awards and the Ivor Novello Awards, and in 2005 co-presented the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards with Benjamin Zephaniah. Her achievements have been acknowledged with numerous BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, two Mercury Prize nominations, and in 2003 she was the first English traditional musician to be nominated for a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music. Her own vastly eclectic tastes, along with her knowledge of (and interest in) musical traditions from all over the world continues to fuel her creativity to this day.

As well as recording numerous albums at home, in recent years she has worked on several high-profile commissions for theatre and film. A fruitful working relationship with the respected Shakespearean director Barrie Rutter OBE led to her composing music for The Two Noble Kinsmen at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and – closer to home – for Jack Lear at Hull Truck Theatre. She has also acted as a musical consultant and made important contributions to the soundtracks of two Hollywood movies: Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) and Tulip Fever (2017).

 

Paddy Byrne

Paddy Byrne is a multi million selling British songwriter, musician

Paddy Byrne is a multi million selling British songwriter, musician and producer known for working in a variety of genres with multi platinum and developing artists alike such as Snakehips, Paloma Faith, Ella Eyre, Tom Grennan, Olly Murs, Will Young, Gabrielle, Sinead Harnett, Daley, Devlin, Felon, Watermat, I Blame Coco and Mononoke.

His focus is always on the song, the artist’s vision and their vocal. He is as accomplished when writing and producing an entire song as he is writing lyrics and top line for other productions.

Paddy started his professional career writing and singing in his band ‘Byrne’ gaining widespread acclaim for their self produced album ‘Slowly & Gloriously’, receiving unanimously positive reviews including 9/10 in NME, 4/5 UNCUT and 5/5 Observer Music Monthly.

Following the birth of his first son he stopped touring and set up his studio and began co-writing and producing. His journey from the indi scene as an artist to co-creating in more commercial genres was immediately successful working with Will Young on four songs for his album ‘Let It Go’. His experience as a lead singer and writer gives him a deep affinity with artists and a love of vocal expression and lyric.

He has written and produced many multi platinum selling songs and is currently working with a wide variety of established and up and coming artists, writers and producers.

Pierdavide Carone

Pierdavide Carone is a multi-platinum selling Italian singer-songwriter signed to

Pierdavide Carone is a multi-platinum selling Italian singer-songwriter signed to Sony Music Entertainment. He was a finalist of the ninth edition of the Italian popular talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi, finishing in third place and winning the critics award.

His debut album Una Canzone Pop hit No. 1 in the Italian album chart and has been certified double platinum in Italy. His first single Di Notte also reached No. 1 in Italy.

Pierdavide  has had major success in Italy composing songs for other artists, including Valerio Scanu, Matteo Macchioni, Lucio Dalla and Dear Jack.

Pierdavide also released the book I Sogni Fanno Rima which was an editorial success.

On May 22, 2020, he released the charity single Forza e coraggio! donating to the Humanitas hospital in Milan as a gesture of gratitude for the help received during his illness and for research, diagnosis and treatment against the COVID-19 virus. On April 28, 2021 the single Buonanotte was released, preceding his new album Casa.

Amie Miriello

Amie Miriello is a Nashville based singer-songwriter currently signed with

Amie Miriello is a Nashville based singer-songwriter currently signed with Universal Music Publishing. Formerly a Jive Records recording artist, this prolific songwriter continues to lend her powerhouse vocals and alternative pop sensibility to emerging and established artists around the world, as well as to TV/commercials and film scores, while remaining unwaveringly committed to her own solo and collaborative artistic ventures. Amie thrives off helping aspiring artists find their own individual voice through the art of songwriting.

TV/film/commercial credits include: Chase Bank, JC Penny , Smile Direct, Tyler Perry, The City, The Hills, America & Australia’s Next top model, Friday Night Lights, One Tree Hill, So you think you can Dance, Rizzoli & Isles, Love Monkey etc….

Toured with : Sugarland , Gavin DeGraw, Nick Lachey, INXS, Teddy Geiger, Bob Sneider. 

BGVS: Sugarland, Katy Perry, Jessica Simpson, Courtney Love , Kristian Bush 

Current Band: Boys Club for Girls 

Cliff Masterson

Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Cliff has

Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Cliff has been in demand as an arranger, composer, songwriter and producer. He has worked with artists including Josh Groban, Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Il Divo, Tom Walker, Emeli Sandé, Robin Gibb, Westlife and Susan Boyle.

Cliff wrote and produced the theme song for the “Mission Space” attraction in Disney World Florida and has had songs recorded by artists including Charlotte Church, Shayne Ward (X Factor), Anthony Callea (Australian Idol) and International multi million selling artists Monica Naranjo and David Bisbal.

He has conducted the scores for Hollywood movies including Jurassic World: Dominion, The Witches, Doctor Strange and Hacksaw Ridge as well as arranging 14 Classical BRIT nominated albums and the current Radio 2 jingle package – including the iconic BBC News jingle.

Cliff has been Musical Director for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Show since 2017 and worked on both the X Factor (US and UK) and The Voice.  He has musically directed Radio 1 Live Lounge performances for Ella Henderson, Leona Lewis and Little Mix and studio recordings by Robbie Williams, Delta Goodrem and Ella Erye.

He composed / produced music for both the opening ceremony at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 London Olympics.

In his work with orchestras he has conducted the RPO, LSO and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at events including the Nobel Peace Prize, The FA Cup final and the Buckingham Palace Coronation Festival.

He has been a finalist in the International Songwriter of the Year and Vivian Ellis/PRS Awards and has been awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy Music (ARAM)

Jake Shillingford

Jake is the founder of the 90s cult orchestral band

Jake is the founder of the 90s cult orchestral band My Life Story, releasing 4 successful albums and 6 top forty singles, inspiring the Britpop era’s orchestral identity.
After a period replacing Terry Hall in a late incarnation of The Specials, Jake started compering and co-promoting bands at London club night The Panic Station (Dingwalls) booking early shows for The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and My Bloody Valentine. My Life Story went on to collaborate with with PJ Proby, Marc Almond, Morrissey, The Wonderstuff and were one of the few bands to headline over Oasis.

Jake has been described as one of the first DIY entrepreneurs , starting his own label (Exilophone Records) in 2002 funded exclusively by investors, benefactors and fans, and inventing the now ubiquitous crowd funded industry model. During this time he recorded an 11 year old Adele on the song ‘Katrin’ on his first crowdfunded album EI034.

Songwriter/Producer Nick Evans and Jake formed a music production company in 2012 called Chøppersaurus. They have won 4 sync awards and written music for everything from Hollywood trailers to the branding of whole TV stations. Now moving into film composition, they scored the U.S. horror / slasher comedy Bloodfest for Rooster Teeth. 
Jake is the former Head of Artist Development for the BIMM group of music colleges, heading up A&R for all 7 campuses across Europe.
He is currently signed to Mute Song as a songwriter and composer and write with many emerging pop and rock artists.
Jake gives advice on:
 
The Sync Industry
Composing for sync
Songwriting & arrangement
Lyrics
DIY – releasing on your own label
Artist Development

Alexs White

Alexs White is a German multi platinum award winning songwriter/producer

Alexs White is a German multi platinum award winning songwriter/producer and publisher whose credits include national and international a-list artists Cascada, Heino, Declan Galbraith, DJ Bobo, Andru Donalds, B3, Helene Fischer, Andrea Berg and many more.

Alexs started his career as artist, songwriter and producer in 1991 at the age of 15 yrs. In 1998 he signed an artist contract to BMG/Parklane Music where he met his future business partner Al King. Years of touring across Europe and writing / producing for several artists led to founding of Push Music Entertainment in 2004.

Jez Ashurst

Jez Ashurst is a multi-platinum songwriter/producer based in London, who

Jez Ashurst is a multi-platinum songwriter/producer based in London, who has also worked in the USA, Scandinavia, Germany and Japan.

His early career spanned work as an engineer to session guitar work and composing for TV.  The last couple of years have seen Jez write cuts for (and with) Will Young, Mel C, Boyzone, Joe McElderry and many other established and new UK acts.

His track record includes the iTunes No.1 “One More Sleep” (Leona Lewis),“Love Will Save The Day” (Boyzone), “Loving You” (Matt Cardle & Mel C) and “Panic” (Gabrielle Aplin). Jez has added his guitar and programming skills to hit records from Susan Boyle and Il Divo, as well as a Number One for Little Mix, and he was one of the team behind the music for the 2011 and 2013 X Factor. He particularly likes developing new talent and has a wealth of experience as a songwriting and production coach.

In 2016 Jez hit the UK Top 10 with Jason Derulo and Little Mix performing his song “Secret Love Song”

Jeff Franzel

Jeff Franzel is a multi talented songwriter jazz pianist with

Jeff Franzel is a multi talented songwriter jazz pianist with over 35 years experience in the music business and is currently living in NYC.. He began as a jazz pianist and toured with many groups including The Hues Corporation (Rock The Boat) and Les Brown big band. Jeff accompanied such artists as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, and Mel Torme.

Jeff has over 250 of his songs recorded and has sold over 30 million records. He has had over 20 top ten singles internationally and travels to London, Sweden, LA and Nashville to co-write with artists and songwriters.

Jeff’s first big hit was “Don’t Rush Me” which was #2 pop hit. He has written songs for such diverse artists as Josh Groban, Placido Domingo, “NSYNC (2 Christmas songs) , Shawn Colvin (two film songs including Never Saw Blue Like That), Clay Aiken, Louise – (All That Matters), The Temptations and Dianne Reeves.

Jeff has had a number of his songs in film and TV including Runaway Bride, Serendipity, De Ja Vu, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Barbershop 2.

Jeff currently has songs coming out with Rhys Lewis on Decca Records, Hayley Westenra, Persons of Interest, Elvis Blue-South Africa , Falipa-South Africa, and BoA – Japan.

Jeff is a Yamaha artist and performs solo piano regularly in NYC.

Sie Medway-Smith

Sie is a highly acclaimed music producer/songwriter/engineer and educator who

Sie is a highly acclaimed music producer/songwriter/engineer and educator who has worked within an extensive network of industry talent for over 20 years including artists such as Rita Ora, David Guetta U2, Chemical Brothers, Ellie Goulding and many more. He is known for his highly innovative style of production and is a well know developer for Ableton Live software.

Ally McErlaine

Ally Mcerlaine is best known as the notable lead guitarist

Ally Mcerlaine is best known as the notable lead guitarist in the multi million selling Scottish band Texas. Growing up in Glasgow in the eighties Ally had gained celebrity amongst his peers as a guitarist in demand and at 17, along with a young Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny Mcelhone formed the ever successful group Texas .

Texas first album Southside heavily featured Ally’s bluesy atmospheric slide guitar which influenced a whole genre of Americana music in the UK and saw him hailed as “the nations classiest guitarist “ in GuitaristMagazine.

Outside of the constant touring and album making that Texas bring, in recent years Ally has also toured and guested on many a project with friends and musicians as diverse as Rufus Wainwright, Sheryl Crow, John Mellancamp, Steve Earle, Boy George, Mick Jagger, Jack Savoretti, Dave Stewart, Wu Tan Clan, 10cc, Tom Jones, amongst many others .

In 2005 Ally and his wife Shelly Poole a very successful songwriter formed the heavily synched indie Americana band Red Sky July. All self written and produced they have released 4 albums each entering the Official Country Charts in the top 3, have played 5 headline tours around the country and also won the Nordoff Robbins Inspiration Award in 2016.

Deciding to take a little break from constant touring, in the last year Ally has produced the Eno inspired ambient soundtrack for the Official TriYoga film, also composed music for a Luc Besson drama and is currently working on instrumental music for a feature film directed by Jono Mcleod.

2019 saw the release of Ally’s own guitar collection called Callisto built from the layered swells and ambient textures inspired by the TriYoga composition. The album has been highly praised in the music press and is just the start of many other personal musical endeavours for Ally.

Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and Board

Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and Board Director of the Ivors Academy (formerly BASCA), as well as the writer behind the Guardian music industry columns Behind the Music and Plugged In. She chairs the Ivors Academy Songwriter Committee as well as the Ivor Novello Awards Committee, and is the former Head of Business & Songwriter relations for the song data management platform Auddly, backed by hitmakers Max Martin and Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus.

Hailing from Sweden, she worked as a session singer, recording artist and performer in Stockholm and NYC before settling in London, where she signed a publishing deal with BMG Scandinavia. Since then she’s been working with recording artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including Roger Sanchez, Big Daddy Wilson and the Dark Tenor, collaborating with award-winning writers including Jörgen Elofsson (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears), Patrik Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn) and Steve McEwan (Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood). In 2016, her song A Better Man, co-written by Andrew Fromm (Backstreet Boys, Mark Anthony) and Peter Kvint (A-ha, Andreas Johnson) made the UK Eurovision finals.

Yvonne Ambree

Yvonne has been a vocal coach on numerous award winning

Yvonne has been a vocal coach on numerous award winning TV-formats including “The Voice of Germany” , “It Takes 2” and “The Masked Singer” for the past 15 years as well as working with a variety of multi-platinum selling artists to help them improve their vocal skills and give them the flexibility they need.

As a singer she has been lending her voice to numerous pop-albums (Michael Patrick Kelly, Niila, Lulu Gainsbourg, Kendra Morris etc.)  as well as Walt Disney Movies (Encanto, 2021) and toured the world with artists such as Sleigh Bells, Little Boots, Gwen McCrae, Syl Johnson, Beatsteaks, Mousse T. and Lotte appearing on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and Amazon Music just to name a few.

Besides her work as a vocal coach and touring/studio singer Yvonne is also working under the moniker of PANTEON releasing music combined with a strong visual component. She writes, produces and records her own material using mostly old analog vintage gear.

In 2018 US blog “Popmatters” quoted: “ “Indie artist PANTEON is a reminder that the world we live in is capable of magical moments…” – it sums up Yvonne’s love for music as well as the process of finding something unique deep within that needs to be kindled.

Listen to examples of Yvonee’s work here:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5wdvfg6mXXZuPfaNX8d52X?si=w4NLPH0IRbqjDduMnoWnxA

Charlie Dore

Charlie Dore is one of the UK's most respected songwriters,

Charlie Dore is one of the UK’s most respected songwriters, whose songs have won two ASCAP awards, an Ivor Novello nomination, both the Overall Grand and the Folk Prize from the International Acoustic Music Awards.

Her 2017 album Dark Matter won both Album of the Year and Best Lyrics from the US Indie Acoustic Project and she released her 10th album, Like Animals in June 2020, receiving the FATEA Female Artist of the Year award.

While her own albums favour her more eclectic leanings, she is one of a handful of UK writers to achieve success across many genres, defined by the range of artists to have recorded her songs, including Tina Turner, George Harrison, Celine Dion, Lisa Stansfield, Paul Carrack, Ricky Ross and Jimmy Nail, notching up along the way from Top 10 hits in Italy, Germany and France, a US No 4 and a UK No 1.

She has also worked as an actress in theatre, film, (the award-winning Ploughman’s Lunch) TV, Radio with Eric Idle and co-founded London Comedy Impro venue, The Hurricane Club, performing alongside many comedy icons including Bill Bailey, Stuart Lee and Robin Williams. She has also composed for three BBC drama series and two films. Her own hit, Pilot of the Airwaves is still a worldwide radio favourite.

Charlie continues writing for and with other artists and enjoys mentoring emerging songwriters when she’s not recording, touring or performing online with her own band.

Check out one of Charlie’s songs here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXOHusZeOy8

Charlie Grant

Multi-platinum songwriter Charlie Grant got his first break in music

Multi-platinum songwriter Charlie Grant got his first break in music while working in an Organic food store in London’s Notting Hill, with regular customers like Brian Eno, The Edge, PJ Harvey and other luminaries of the music world. It was just a matter of building up the nerve before Charlie passed on a demo tape to regular customer Damon Albarn of Blur. This led to meetings with legendary A&R man Mike Smith and eventually to a deal with EMI music publishing and the beginnings of a life writing songs with and for other artists full time. He got the chance to hone his songwriting skills while working with many of the industry’s best, Liz Rose, Pete Woodroffe, Savan Kotecha, Simon Wilcox, Chris Braide and Ed Sheeran being just a few.

Listen to examples of Charlie’s work: https://spoti.fi/36QJvTv

Charlie’s artist project: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1A6CZx7bZ5M0E1y65KsKc7?si=AVKgyZRzSqi_zj9OXq0FGQ

Cuts with artists such as Simply Red, Rooster, Melanie C, former The Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone, Marco Mengoni and Joe Brooks established Charlie and his then writing partner Pete Woodroffe as an in demand London based songwriting team.

In 2013 Charlie helped to develop the songwriting module at London’s LCCM with his friend and regular songwriting partner Jez Ashurst. Tom Walker and Rhys Lewis were among their students.

A move to Berlin to take advantage of the vibrant creativity and excitement of a city claiming it’s place as an artistic world capital came in 2015. Charlie continues to release music with his own artist project and is working internationally as a songwriter with rising artists like Bryde, Hundreds, Lxandra, Thorsteinn Einarsson and Iris as well as established acts like Michael Patrick Kelly and Michael Schulte.
Charlie is also venturing into writing for TV, having co-written two songs for the TNT Comedy series The Mopes, airing in Spring/Summer 2021 in Germany. Along with creative partner Jonathan Kluth, Charlie is co-founder of Spirit Animal Kollektiv, a songwriting and production collective dedicated to collaborating with and developing new artists around the world.”

Shridhar Solanki

Multi-million selling songwriter Shridhar began his entertainment career at the

Multi-million selling songwriter Shridhar began his entertainment career at the age of 11 as an actor on British television. After spending much of his childhood on the popular BBC show, Grange Hill, he began appearing in Musical Theatre Productions in London, where his love of song grew. First signed to the legendary Ministry of Sound as a songwriter, Shridhar found early success in the UK. A chance encounter lead to a deal in Nashville and eventually Los Angeles, where he lives now. He has written songs with and for numerous award winning artists including Dua Lipa, Jennifer Hudson, Andrea Bocelli, Carrie Underwood, Seal, Cliff Richard, Katharine McPhee, Craig David, Sabrina Carpenter, Natalie Imbruglia, Stan Walker, Justice Crew, Super Junior and Namie Amuro and has been involved in many chart topping records worldwide. Shridhar’s music has been featured in numerous TV shows and films including Twilight, Breaking Brooklyn, Disney’s Lemonade Mouth, Grey’s Anatomy, Beauty & The Beast, Switched at Birth, Bunheads, Austin & Ally, Rizzoli & Isles, Kiss Bang Love, BET Awards, American Idol, Pointe Break, Teenage Newlyweds, Adam Ruins Everything, Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, Garage Squad, Married At First Sight, United Shades of America and Younger. Shridhar also penned the theme songs to the hit Disney show’s Girl Meets World, Stuck In The Middle and Andi Mack and Freeform’s Young & Hungry and Travel Channel’s Watt’s World. Alongside his writing career, Shridhar is one half of the internationally acclaimed band Cider Sky, who’s song Northern Lights, featured in the box office smash, Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Billed by MTV as ‘one to watch’ Cider Sky are constantly writing and releasing new music.

Morris Pleasure

Known affectionately as Mo Pleasure, this renowned multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and

Known affectionately as Mo Pleasure, this renowned multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, began playing acoustic piano at the age of four and by his early teens already mastered several instruments including bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin. He has played with Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Christian Aguilera, Mary J. Blige and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from University of Connecticut, Mo began his professional music career playing bass with Ray Charles. He then began working as a session musician, backing some of the most accomplished talents in Jazz ,R&B and pop including George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle Ferrell, Brian Culbertson, Michael McDonald, Oleta Adams, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller, Mary J. Blige, and Frankie Beverly and Maze, to name a few.

From 1989 through 1992, Mo was both keyboardist and musical director with saxophonist Najee, pianist Alex Bugnon, and vocalists Philip Bailey, Patti Austin and Jon Lucien. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, and ascended to become the band’s musical director from 1994-2001. Mo was featured playing keyboards, trumpet and guitar with Janet Jackson’s 2001 All For You tour and played keyboards and trumpet with Boney James’ 2004 Pure tour. As a principal member of the group Devoted Spirits he was featured playing keyboards for Jimi Hendrix’s 60th Birthday Celebration and the 2004 Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix tour.

Mo was a keyboardist in Michael Jackson’s final touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic 2009, comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena.

Julian Hinton

In a career spanning 20 years, Julian has worked with

In a career spanning 20 years, Julian has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business. Always passionate and creative his collaborations have proved long lasting. His enduring love of records, and the art of the song found him a home at London’s famous Sarm Studios where he spent 5 years working alongside Trevor Horn as arranger and keyboard player, as well as producing for Horn Productions. Julian is as comfortable creating an intimate piano part or conducting a thunderous orchestral score, working with the likes of Seal, Rumer, Laura Welsh or Atlantic A&R and long standing relationships with Trevor Horn and Don Black speak volumes for his musical vision and drive.

The past few years have seen Julian recording, arranging and conducting at London’s Angel,  Abbey Road and Sarm Studios; producing for Sony and Warner; MD’ing The Trevor Horn Band and composing for the BBC. He has scored countless string and orchestral arrangements for various artists and he featured as performer and programmer on “Seal 7″ . Julian has a production and writing partnership with Graham Archer, Grammy nominated engineer/producer whom he met whilst at Sarm.

Graham’s credits include Madonna, Sam Smith, Jeff Beck and Lana Del Ray. 2016 saw them writing with amongst others Zak Abel, Laura Welsh and James Walsh.  Julian featured in the BBC4 documentary “The Secret Science Of Pop” investigating whether there’s a formula to the perfect pop production, took to the stage at London’s Roundhouse to perform with Ronnie Wood and Imelda May and July 2017 sees the release of the Studio Deen/Stan Leecreation for which Julian wrote the theme and much of the incidental music. www.julianvictorhinton.com

Producers

Martin Sutton

FOUNDER & LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Martin Sutton is the founder of The Songwriting Academy and

Martin Sutton is the founder of The Songwriting Academy and multi-platinum songwriter and producer. Starting as a young busker on the streets of Norwich, he spent years developing the craft of songwriting, traveling the world to work with other writers, learning about the music business and honing his production skills. He is now a successful songwriter/producer and has sold millions of records in nearly 50 countries around the world.

His work includes Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Gary Barlow, Pixie Lott, Mark Owen, Olivia Newton-John, Andrew Roachford, Brian McFadden, Lulu, Mike & The Mechanics, K-Pop superstars Super Junior and X-Factor/Idol winners worldwide.

His teaching methodology and ethos have been described as “life-changing” by many of his students and over the years he has shared his knowledge and experience with thousands, opening their eyes to the world of professional music making. His diverse programming and production skills are widely sought after, from orchestration for Celine Dion and Andrew Lloyd Webber to quirky programming and beat-making for K-Pop/J-Pop artists, and rich country productions for artists including LeAnn Rimes.

Michael Garvin

Michael Garvin is a Grammy nominee and multi platinum writer

Michael Garvin is a Grammy nominee and multi platinum writer of 22 No.1 hit songs including “Waiting For Tonight” (Jennifer Lopez) and “Never Give Up On A Good Thing” (George Benson).

Not only has he written global hits for the pop market but is also a highly respected figure in the country market, having written hits for Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette and George Strait, amongst many others.

He is a well-loved mentor at the Songwriting Retreats and an avid supporter of new talent. Michael was recently the second “most added playlist” artist on the Billboard charts with his jazz guitar instrumental project.

Shelly Poole

Shelly Poole is a multi platinum selling British singer and

Shelly Poole is a multi platinum selling British singer and songwriter who has achieved international success in an ever- increasing variety of musical settings. The daughter of Brian Poole of the classic 1960s group The Tremeloes, Shelly formed the chart-busting band Alisha’s Attic in the late nineties with her sister Karen . Alisha’s Attic scored a string of hit singles, made 4 gold and platinum selling albums, secured a nomination for an Ivor Novello songwriting award and saw Shelly described as one of the iconic female voices of the legendary lilith fair tour of America in 1997.

Shelly’s 2005 solo album Hard Time For The Dreamer entered the I tunes charts at number 1 and earned her constant radio exposure and copious five-star reviews. In 2008 she co-founded the country/folk band Red Sky July with her husband Ally McErlaine (lead guitarist and founder member of Texas) and the American singer Charity Hair. Red Sky July have released 3 albums all entering the Official Uk Country charts in the top 3 . They also won the Nordoff Robbins inspiration award in 2013 and have toured with Jools Holland , Sheryl Crow , Steve Earle , Tom Jones , they continue to make records and tour.

Shelly is also a highly respected award wining songwriter and has worked closely and had hits with talents as diverse as Janet Jackson , Massive Attack, Jack Savoretti ,Mark Ronson, Gary Barlow, Westlife, Boyzone, Paloma Faith , Michael Gray, Zucchero amongst many others Shelly also continues to write with produce and mentor new and emerging artists.

Rob Wells

Rob Wells is a multi-platinum, award-winning music producer and songwriter

Rob Wells is a multi-platinum, award-winning music producer and songwriter based in Canada.

Wells has worked with Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Adam Lambert, Serena Ryder, Nick Lachey, Mika, Katharine McPhee, Backstreet Boys, Kai, Paloma Faith, Alex Aiono, Nelly Furtado, Big Time Rush, Mindless Behavior, Cyndi Lauper, Corey Hart, Olivia Newton John, Boyzone, Ronan Keating, Ria Mae, Lights, USS, Frank Walker, Bobby Bazini, Tep No, Victoria Duffield, Keshia Chante, Matt Dusk, Marie-Mai, Marc Dupre, Shiloh, RyanDan and many others.

His work has been featured in numerous films, television shows, commercials and video games worldwide.

With a star on the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, Rob has appeared as a music producer on “Canadian Idol”, “The House Of Carters” & “The Next Star”.  His awards include first place in numerous songwriting competitions, and SOCAN #1 awards with gold, platinum & multi-platinum certifications.

James Bryan

James is a  Juno and Latin Grammy winning songwriter, guitarist

James is a  Juno and Latin Grammy winning songwriter, guitarist and producer who’s mission is to inspire, uplift and connect through music. He began his career in 90’s Canadian acts Philosopher Kings and Prozzak, both achieved platinum sales, top 20 radio success and a dedicated fan base across Canada.

James’ passion for collaboration grew into a global songwriting and recording career with top artists including Nelly Furtado, Shawn Mendes, Luis Fonsi, Martin Garrix, Yuna, Lisa Marie Presley and many more. James has co-written and performed on hundreds of recordings, with artists from every continent, performed on stages from Wembley Stadium to Madison Square Gardens and Massey Hall. He has lived in Toronto,London and LA and is at home in any studio in the world.

James has also released 3 albums as a solo guitarist with another coming in 2022.

Recognized for his musicianship, big hooks and melodies, James greatest strength and passion is his ability to bring out the best in the artists he collaborates with.

Listen to James’ songwriting and production playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3qcPe0wGGi0YM7k9vpa3Ql?si=D1EvH62hTtqyvlHT-Kbjww

Kevin Antunes

Kevin Antunes has charted with Justin Timberlake, been the musical

Kevin Antunes has charted with Justin Timberlake, been the musical director for Madonna and Shakira, played with Aerosmith, created scores and sound design for CBS TV Special Michael Jackson’s Halloween and re-Imagined and re-Mixed Michael Jackson ONE for Cirque du Soleil’s residency show in Las Vegas.
He is a Musical Designer/Director, Producer, Songwriter, and Digital Audio Editor & Mix Engineer with more than 30 years of experience and the full 360 creative package of skill sets. When he created and toured with Madonna on her 2020 MadameX World Tour, he musically directed a cast of 26 musicians including a string section, pianist, guitarists, vocalists, and a choir from Cabo Verde. He also worked with Shakira to co-create her El Dorado World Tour.
Kevin is able to maintain the highest level of artistry and sonic clarity through his ability to connect on multiple levels with the recording artists, artistic directors, and show creators while utilising his songwriting, editing, and mixing skills to be the musical point person who can accommodate an endless range of creativity and imagination.

Paul Statham

Paul Statham is a multi platinum selling songwriter and producer

Paul Statham is a multi platinum selling songwriter and producer who has been published by Warner Chappell Music for over 18 years. Paul co-wrote with Dido the breakthrough single “Here With Me” and the title track of her first album No Angel, selling over 20 million records.

Paul also wrote two tracks on Kylie’s massive album “Fever” Kylie as well as songs for The Saturdays, Matt Cardle, Gabriella Cilmie, Peter Andre, Rachel Stevens, Right Said Fred, Tina Arena and many European acts inc the Italian artist Noemi (recent album “Made in London was a no 1 record in Italy ). He has also worked with more left field artists, writing 7 albums with former Bauhaus vocalist Peter Murphy, 2 albums with Mercury prize nominated Helicopter Girl, and Scottish rock band Simple Minds.

Paul spends a lot of time developing new artists/writers for Warner Chappell including writer Ed Drewett  (1D, The Wanted). Paul also lectures weekly at Solent on popular song writing and Leeds College of Music where he is a visiting Professor.

https://www.paulstatham.com/about

Listen to some of Paul’s work here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5VnP8AVEk4b6W9NZpqigps?si=cba5fe08ee5e4b9c

Al Berry

Al is a seasoned world-touring musician, songwriter, bassist, vocalist and

Al is a seasoned world-touring musician, songwriter, bassist, vocalist and recording artist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.

He has written with Nile Rodgers, toured with Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson, and worked with Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, BB King, as well as featuring on the Grammy award wining multi-platinum album “Family Style’ by Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughn.

His network in the industry is vast and his compassionate approach to helping and supporting new songwriters and artists is an inspiration.

Andrew Rollins

Andrew is an Emmy award winning composer, hit songwriter and

Andrew is an Emmy award winning composer, hit songwriter and musician, an acoustic master – whether he’s playing guitar, keyboard, or mixing, orchestrating or editing.  Andrew has an innate ability to capture the essence of a mood and this has been key to his contributions in various well known songs, as well as music on film and television.

His resumé includes several songs on the ABC series Nashville, the theme song of the award winning comedy show The Hughleys, featured songs for HBO’s Happily Ever After: A Fairy Tale for Every Child, Three Little Pigs and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and other features for network and cable productions including General Hospital, The Ranch, At Any Cost, Mr. Music, Shake, Rattle & Roll, Hendrix, Free of Eden, My Own Country, Live Through This, Jailbait, Star Trek Voyager, The Amazing Race, Level 9, and the Broadway production It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues – which was nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Musical.​

Andrew has worked with well known recording artists including Andre Benjamin, B.B. King, Chaka Kahn, Marc Anthony, Chante Moore, Charles Esten, Ronnie Dunn, Terrance Trent D’Arby, Graham Nash, Billy Ray Cyrus, Blink 182, Dan Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Jose Feliciano, Johnny Lang, Dicky Barrett, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, Deana Carter, Carole King, Joe Walsh, Gary Allen, Saison, IV Xample, and En Vogue, among many others.

In 2018, Andrew was nominated and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song “Who I Am”, which he wrote for General Hospital.  Some other awards that he received include 3 SISA International Music Awards for Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Song of the Year for I Believe,  a Telly Award,  and the Axion Award for Musical Excellence.

Andrew is now runs a publishing company Left On Sunset with Randy Jackson.

Vincent Corver

Official Steinway Artist and Award-Winning Pianist, Composer & Producer.  

Official Steinway Artist and Award-Winning Pianist, Composer & Producer.
 
Vincent’s recordings and performances received global, five-star acclaim from The Gramophone Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, American Record Guide & others. His recent musical score for the international campaign “Qurated For You” by the Qatar Tourism Authority for the FIFA World Cup 2022 has been airing to over One Billion people daily in over 700 different formats all across the globe, including on NYC Times Square and London Piccadilly Circus.

His recordings and compositions earned him the Diapason D’Or Award, Triple Platinum at the Marcom Film Awards, including one Platinum and two Gold Awards at the AVA Digital Awards. In 2016 Corver became a Native Instruments Feature Artist, producing various collaborations projects with the Universal Music Group. He works in close relationship with the renowned DJ Paul van Dyk producing the hit-track “While You Were Gone” and tracks like “Escape Reality Tonight”, “Reprise” and “Deep Within”. His music is being performed at all major music festivals around the world, including TomorrowLand, Cream Ibiza, Creamfields, Amnesia, Electric Castle, Ministry of Sound and many others. He specialises in the composition and production of Film- and Electronic Music scores, where the composition process mostly starts at the piano.

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson is best known for his work with Kylie

Steve Anderson is best known for his work with Kylie Minogue having been her Musical Director since 1998 working on every tour and appearance including “Showgirl”, “Aphrodite – Les Folies”, “The Queens Diamond Jubilee”, The Olympics and Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies and her legends performance at Glastonbury which was the most watched of all time.

He has also worked as Musical Director for Leona Lewis, Steps, Little Mix and Westlife as well as the orchestral spectaculars, “Lush Classical” and” 80s Classical” with long term collaborator and arranger Cliff Masterson.

He has produced, written and remixed songs for artists including Kylie, Take That, Delta Goodrem, Ella Henderson, Britney Spears, Susan Boyle, Westlife, The Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

Stage credits include The London production of “Rent” , “Some Girl I Used To Know” starring Denise Van Outen and the fabulous burlesque extravaganza “The Hurly Burly Show”.

Most recently he has produced Hollywood star Luke Evans’ debut solo album “At Last”, the debut album by Broadway legend Marisha Wallace “Tomorrow” and the huge charity single “I Dare You” bringing together over 250 performers from every West End show affected by the recent lockdown.

Stephen Allen Davis

Two time Grammy nominated songwriter Stephen Allen Davis’ musical career

Two time Grammy nominated songwriter Stephen Allen Davis’ musical career began in 1967 when he walked into his first meeting with a major music publisher in Nashville. He played one song that day. That song was “Take Time To Know Her” and it went on to become one of Percy Sledges’ greatest hits, reaching top 10 with a gold record and resulting in Davis’s first (2) BMI awards. Stephen was offered an exclusive publishing contract and within a few months he was signed to RCA Records and flown to New York to record. Stephen had just turned 18.

Since then Stephen Allen Davis has had over 350 songs recorded by a diverse group of artists ranging from the likes of Diana Ross to Tammy Wynette, Meatloaf to John Hiatt and George Jones to Joe Cocker. World-wide sales top 40 million. Stephen has earned 18 prestigious BMI awards over the years and has 3 songs that are in the exclusive Million-Aire performance song category. His song “Stand Beside Me” recorded by JoDee Messina was awarded a 3 million plays certificate from BMI.

Stephen Allen Davis has released 9 critically acclaimed albums over the years including “The Light Pink Album”. He is presently recording his newest project “Jericho Road” at his studio TWANGSTAR IV. Stephen Allen Davis continues to fine tune his craft and to extend his creative reach.

Paddy Byrne

Paddy Byrne is a multi million selling British songwriter, musician

Paddy Byrne is a multi million selling British songwriter, musician and producer known for working in a variety of genres with multi platinum and developing artists alike such as Snakehips, Paloma Faith, Ella Eyre, Tom Grennan, Olly Murs, Will Young, Gabrielle, Sinead Harnett, Daley, Devlin, Felon, Watermat, I Blame Coco and Mononoke.

His focus is always on the song, the artist’s vision and their vocal. He is as accomplished when writing and producing an entire song as he is writing lyrics and top line for other productions.

Paddy started his professional career writing and singing in his band ‘Byrne’ gaining widespread acclaim for their self produced album ‘Slowly & Gloriously’, receiving unanimously positive reviews including 9/10 in NME, 4/5 UNCUT and 5/5 Observer Music Monthly.

Following the birth of his first son he stopped touring and set up his studio and began co-writing and producing. His journey from the indi scene as an artist to co-creating in more commercial genres was immediately successful working with Will Young on four songs for his album ‘Let It Go’. His experience as a lead singer and writer gives him a deep affinity with artists and a love of vocal expression and lyric.

He has written and produced many multi platinum selling songs and is currently working with a wide variety of established and up and coming artists, writers and producers.

Cliff Masterson

Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Cliff has

Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Cliff has been in demand as an arranger, composer, songwriter and producer. He has worked with artists including Josh Groban, Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Il Divo, Tom Walker, Emeli Sandé, Robin Gibb, Westlife and Susan Boyle.

Cliff wrote and produced the theme song for the “Mission Space” attraction in Disney World Florida and has had songs recorded by artists including Charlotte Church, Shayne Ward (X Factor), Anthony Callea (Australian Idol) and International multi million selling artists Monica Naranjo and David Bisbal.

He has conducted the scores for Hollywood movies including Jurassic World: Dominion, The Witches, Doctor Strange and Hacksaw Ridge as well as arranging 14 Classical BRIT nominated albums and the current Radio 2 jingle package – including the iconic BBC News jingle.

Cliff has been Musical Director for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Show since 2017 and worked on both the X Factor (US and UK) and The Voice.  He has musically directed Radio 1 Live Lounge performances for Ella Henderson, Leona Lewis and Little Mix and studio recordings by Robbie Williams, Delta Goodrem and Ella Erye.

He composed / produced music for both the opening ceremony at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 London Olympics.

In his work with orchestras he has conducted the RPO, LSO and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at events including the Nobel Peace Prize, The FA Cup final and the Buckingham Palace Coronation Festival.

He has been a finalist in the International Songwriter of the Year and Vivian Ellis/PRS Awards and has been awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy Music (ARAM)

Jake Shillingford

Jake is the founder of the 90s cult orchestral band

Jake is the founder of the 90s cult orchestral band My Life Story, releasing 4 successful albums and 6 top forty singles, inspiring the Britpop era’s orchestral identity.
After a period replacing Terry Hall in a late incarnation of The Specials, Jake started compering and co-promoting bands at London club night The Panic Station (Dingwalls) booking early shows for The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and My Bloody Valentine. My Life Story went on to collaborate with with PJ Proby, Marc Almond, Morrissey, The Wonderstuff and were one of the few bands to headline over Oasis.

Jake has been described as one of the first DIY entrepreneurs , starting his own label (Exilophone Records) in 2002 funded exclusively by investors, benefactors and fans, and inventing the now ubiquitous crowd funded industry model. During this time he recorded an 11 year old Adele on the song ‘Katrin’ on his first crowdfunded album EI034.

Songwriter/Producer Nick Evans and Jake formed a music production company in 2012 called Chøppersaurus. They have won 4 sync awards and written music for everything from Hollywood trailers to the branding of whole TV stations. Now moving into film composition, they scored the U.S. horror / slasher comedy Bloodfest for Rooster Teeth. 
Jake is the former Head of Artist Development for the BIMM group of music colleges, heading up A&R for all 7 campuses across Europe.
He is currently signed to Mute Song as a songwriter and composer and write with many emerging pop and rock artists.
Jake gives advice on:
 
The Sync Industry
Composing for sync
Songwriting & arrangement
Lyrics
DIY – releasing on your own label
Artist Development

Alexs White

Alexs White is a German multi platinum award winning songwriter/producer

Alexs White is a German multi platinum award winning songwriter/producer and publisher whose credits include national and international a-list artists Cascada, Heino, Declan Galbraith, DJ Bobo, Andru Donalds, B3, Helene Fischer, Andrea Berg and many more.

Alexs started his career as artist, songwriter and producer in 1991 at the age of 15 yrs. In 1998 he signed an artist contract to BMG/Parklane Music where he met his future business partner Al King. Years of touring across Europe and writing / producing for several artists led to founding of Push Music Entertainment in 2004.

Jez Ashurst

Jez Ashurst is a multi-platinum songwriter/producer based in London, who

Jez Ashurst is a multi-platinum songwriter/producer based in London, who has also worked in the USA, Scandinavia, Germany and Japan.

His early career spanned work as an engineer to session guitar work and composing for TV.  The last couple of years have seen Jez write cuts for (and with) Will Young, Mel C, Boyzone, Joe McElderry and many other established and new UK acts.

His track record includes the iTunes No.1 “One More Sleep” (Leona Lewis),“Love Will Save The Day” (Boyzone), “Loving You” (Matt Cardle & Mel C) and “Panic” (Gabrielle Aplin). Jez has added his guitar and programming skills to hit records from Susan Boyle and Il Divo, as well as a Number One for Little Mix, and he was one of the team behind the music for the 2011 and 2013 X Factor. He particularly likes developing new talent and has a wealth of experience as a songwriting and production coach.

In 2016 Jez hit the UK Top 10 with Jason Derulo and Little Mix performing his song “Secret Love Song”

Sie Medway-Smith

Sie is a highly acclaimed music producer/songwriter/engineer and educator who

Sie is a highly acclaimed music producer/songwriter/engineer and educator who has worked within an extensive network of industry talent for over 20 years including artists such as Rita Ora, David Guetta U2, Chemical Brothers, Ellie Goulding and many more. He is known for his highly innovative style of production and is a well know developer for Ableton Live software.

Ally McErlaine

Ally Mcerlaine is best known as the notable lead guitarist

Ally Mcerlaine is best known as the notable lead guitarist in the multi million selling Scottish band Texas. Growing up in Glasgow in the eighties Ally had gained celebrity amongst his peers as a guitarist in demand and at 17, along with a young Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny Mcelhone formed the ever successful group Texas .

Texas first album Southside heavily featured Ally’s bluesy atmospheric slide guitar which influenced a whole genre of Americana music in the UK and saw him hailed as “the nations classiest guitarist “ in GuitaristMagazine.

Outside of the constant touring and album making that Texas bring, in recent years Ally has also toured and guested on many a project with friends and musicians as diverse as Rufus Wainwright, Sheryl Crow, John Mellancamp, Steve Earle, Boy George, Mick Jagger, Jack Savoretti, Dave Stewart, Wu Tan Clan, 10cc, Tom Jones, amongst many others .

In 2005 Ally and his wife Shelly Poole a very successful songwriter formed the heavily synched indie Americana band Red Sky July. All self written and produced they have released 4 albums each entering the Official Country Charts in the top 3, have played 5 headline tours around the country and also won the Nordoff Robbins Inspiration Award in 2016.

Deciding to take a little break from constant touring, in the last year Ally has produced the Eno inspired ambient soundtrack for the Official TriYoga film, also composed music for a Luc Besson drama and is currently working on instrumental music for a feature film directed by Jono Mcleod.

2019 saw the release of Ally’s own guitar collection called Callisto built from the layered swells and ambient textures inspired by the TriYoga composition. The album has been highly praised in the music press and is just the start of many other personal musical endeavours for Ally.

Yvonne Ambree

Yvonne has been a vocal coach on numerous award winning

Yvonne has been a vocal coach on numerous award winning TV-formats including “The Voice of Germany” , “It Takes 2” and “The Masked Singer” for the past 15 years as well as working with a variety of multi-platinum selling artists to help them improve their vocal skills and give them the flexibility they need.

As a singer she has been lending her voice to numerous pop-albums (Michael Patrick Kelly, Niila, Lulu Gainsbourg, Kendra Morris etc.)  as well as Walt Disney Movies (Encanto, 2021) and toured the world with artists such as Sleigh Bells, Little Boots, Gwen McCrae, Syl Johnson, Beatsteaks, Mousse T. and Lotte appearing on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and Amazon Music just to name a few.

Besides her work as a vocal coach and touring/studio singer Yvonne is also working under the moniker of PANTEON releasing music combined with a strong visual component. She writes, produces and records her own material using mostly old analog vintage gear.

In 2018 US blog “Popmatters” quoted: “ “Indie artist PANTEON is a reminder that the world we live in is capable of magical moments…” – it sums up Yvonne’s love for music as well as the process of finding something unique deep within that needs to be kindled.

Listen to examples of Yvonee’s work here:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5wdvfg6mXXZuPfaNX8d52X?si=w4NLPH0IRbqjDduMnoWnxA

Charlie Grant

Multi-platinum songwriter Charlie Grant got his first break in music

Multi-platinum songwriter Charlie Grant got his first break in music while working in an Organic food store in London’s Notting Hill, with regular customers like Brian Eno, The Edge, PJ Harvey and other luminaries of the music world. It was just a matter of building up the nerve before Charlie passed on a demo tape to regular customer Damon Albarn of Blur. This led to meetings with legendary A&R man Mike Smith and eventually to a deal with EMI music publishing and the beginnings of a life writing songs with and for other artists full time. He got the chance to hone his songwriting skills while working with many of the industry’s best, Liz Rose, Pete Woodroffe, Savan Kotecha, Simon Wilcox, Chris Braide and Ed Sheeran being just a few.

Listen to examples of Charlie’s work: https://spoti.fi/36QJvTv

Charlie’s artist project: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1A6CZx7bZ5M0E1y65KsKc7?si=AVKgyZRzSqi_zj9OXq0FGQ

Cuts with artists such as Simply Red, Rooster, Melanie C, former The Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone, Marco Mengoni and Joe Brooks established Charlie and his then writing partner Pete Woodroffe as an in demand London based songwriting team.

In 2013 Charlie helped to develop the songwriting module at London’s LCCM with his friend and regular songwriting partner Jez Ashurst. Tom Walker and Rhys Lewis were among their students.

A move to Berlin to take advantage of the vibrant creativity and excitement of a city claiming it’s place as an artistic world capital came in 2015. Charlie continues to release music with his own artist project and is working internationally as a songwriter with rising artists like Bryde, Hundreds, Lxandra, Thorsteinn Einarsson and Iris as well as established acts like Michael Patrick Kelly and Michael Schulte.
Charlie is also venturing into writing for TV, having co-written two songs for the TNT Comedy series The Mopes, airing in Spring/Summer 2021 in Germany. Along with creative partner Jonathan Kluth, Charlie is co-founder of Spirit Animal Kollektiv, a songwriting and production collective dedicated to collaborating with and developing new artists around the world.”

Morris Pleasure

Known affectionately as Mo Pleasure, this renowned multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and

Known affectionately as Mo Pleasure, this renowned multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, began playing acoustic piano at the age of four and by his early teens already mastered several instruments including bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin. He has played with Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Christian Aguilera, Mary J. Blige and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from University of Connecticut, Mo began his professional music career playing bass with Ray Charles. He then began working as a session musician, backing some of the most accomplished talents in Jazz ,R&B and pop including George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle Ferrell, Brian Culbertson, Michael McDonald, Oleta Adams, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller, Mary J. Blige, and Frankie Beverly and Maze, to name a few.

From 1989 through 1992, Mo was both keyboardist and musical director with saxophonist Najee, pianist Alex Bugnon, and vocalists Philip Bailey, Patti Austin and Jon Lucien. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, and ascended to become the band’s musical director from 1994-2001. Mo was featured playing keyboards, trumpet and guitar with Janet Jackson’s 2001 All For You tour and played keyboards and trumpet with Boney James’ 2004 Pure tour. As a principal member of the group Devoted Spirits he was featured playing keyboards for Jimi Hendrix’s 60th Birthday Celebration and the 2004 Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix tour.

Mo was a keyboardist in Michael Jackson’s final touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic 2009, comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena.

Julian Hinton

In a career spanning 20 years, Julian has worked with

In a career spanning 20 years, Julian has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business. Always passionate and creative his collaborations have proved long lasting. His enduring love of records, and the art of the song found him a home at London’s famous Sarm Studios where he spent 5 years working alongside Trevor Horn as arranger and keyboard player, as well as producing for Horn Productions. Julian is as comfortable creating an intimate piano part or conducting a thunderous orchestral score, working with the likes of Seal, Rumer, Laura Welsh or Atlantic A&R and long standing relationships with Trevor Horn and Don Black speak volumes for his musical vision and drive.

The past few years have seen Julian recording, arranging and conducting at London’s Angel,  Abbey Road and Sarm Studios; producing for Sony and Warner; MD’ing The Trevor Horn Band and composing for the BBC. He has scored countless string and orchestral arrangements for various artists and he featured as performer and programmer on “Seal 7″ . Julian has a production and writing partnership with Graham Archer, Grammy nominated engineer/producer whom he met whilst at Sarm.

Graham’s credits include Madonna, Sam Smith, Jeff Beck and Lana Del Ray. 2016 saw them writing with amongst others Zak Abel, Laura Welsh and James Walsh.  Julian featured in the BBC4 documentary “The Secret Science Of Pop” investigating whether there’s a formula to the perfect pop production, took to the stage at London’s Roundhouse to perform with Ronnie Wood and Imelda May and July 2017 sees the release of the Studio Deen/Stan Leecreation for which Julian wrote the theme and much of the incidental music. www.julianvictorhinton.com

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Shelly Poole

Shelly Poole is a multi platinum selling British singer and

Shelly Poole is a multi platinum selling British singer and songwriter who has achieved international success in an ever- increasing variety of musical settings. The daughter of Brian Poole of the classic 1960s group The Tremeloes, Shelly formed the chart-busting band Alisha’s Attic in the late nineties with her sister Karen . Alisha’s Attic scored a string of hit singles, made 4 gold and platinum selling albums, secured a nomination for an Ivor Novello songwriting award and saw Shelly described as one of the iconic female voices of the legendary lilith fair tour of America in 1997.

Shelly’s 2005 solo album Hard Time For The Dreamer entered the I tunes charts at number 1 and earned her constant radio exposure and copious five-star reviews. In 2008 she co-founded the country/folk band Red Sky July with her husband Ally McErlaine (lead guitarist and founder member of Texas) and the American singer Charity Hair. Red Sky July have released 3 albums all entering the Official Uk Country charts in the top 3 . They also won the Nordoff Robbins inspiration award in 2013 and have toured with Jools Holland , Sheryl Crow , Steve Earle , Tom Jones , they continue to make records and tour.

Shelly is also a highly respected award wining songwriter and has worked closely and had hits with talents as diverse as Janet Jackson , Massive Attack, Jack Savoretti ,Mark Ronson, Gary Barlow, Westlife, Boyzone, Paloma Faith , Michael Gray, Zucchero amongst many others Shelly also continues to write with produce and mentor new and emerging artists.

John Saunderson

Possibly the most prolific publisher in the UK and certainly

Possibly the most prolific publisher in the UK and certainly the most popular, John Saunderson taps into his extensive network of major and independent labels around the world to provide live songwriting briefs for the ever increasing number of talented writers in our Platinum Mentoring Program.  John also collaborates with The Songwriting Academy in organising songwriting camps both in the UK and abroad. He is also responsible for the world renowned networking events that bring together the biggest gathering of songwriters, producers, artists, managers & agents in the UK throughout the year at Tileyard Studios in London.

Jeff Nedza

Jeff Nedza is a music business expert who has worked

Jeff Nedza is a music business expert who has worked with artists including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Slash, Rob Zombie, Seether, Eric Clapton, Queen, Jimmy Cliff, U2 and Soundgarden. He has over 20 years of strategic marketing excellence under his belt, holding creative and senior marketing positions within both the music and film industry. While at Universal Music Canada he spearheaded highly successful domestic marketing campaigns for many international superstars. His work in film is highlighted by marketing the feature-length documentaries Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World and History of the Eagles.

Following a passion for artist development, he moved to his current role at Cadence Music Group where he serves as Vice President of Marketing and is the principal architect for all marketing initiatives, artist development, release strategy, brand and creative direction. He is actively involved in the company’s ongoing roster development across its four label divisions and overseas an owned e-commerce subsidiary. Since joining the company Jeff has been instrumental in attracting both legacy artists as well as emerging acts with a highly collaborative, transparent, and pragmatic approach to artist marketing and release strategies.

As a complement to his marketing prowess, Jeff is an accomplished graphic designer with several album cover credits and is equally comfortable editing video with countless promo reels, teasers and 3 feature film trailers in his portfolio. Jeff is a member of the Canadian Academy of Recording Artists and Sciences and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada.

Melanie Redmond

Melanie has been a prominent figure in the music industry

Melanie has been a prominent figure in the music industry for 30+ years, starting off as a session singer with artists such as Duran Duran, The The, Dolly Parton, Bob Geldof, Chris Rea, Bill Wyman among others. She then made an important career decision to retire from the life of touring, studios and tv shows to learn the business side. Melanie has since worked at 19 Entertainment, SonyATV Publishing and became the Head of Publishing for Perfect Songs for three years. She is now co-partner at Flash Management, co-managing hit songwriters Eg White (Adele/James Morrison), Will Heard, Jonathan Quarmby, Matthew Marston, MEZZ, Patrice Pruneau, Karl Morgan and LOU.

Melanie is known and widely respected for her straightforward approach and honesty, coupled with a deep knowledge of the music business.

Danny Champion

Danny Has worked with a wide array of songs, writers

Danny Has worked with a wide array of songs, writers and catalogues including Manic Street Preachers and Kasabian (Sony), Calvin Harris, Deadmau5 and Hurts (ThreeSixZero) and Donovan, Newton Faulkner and Dead Sara (peermusic) and is hoping to unearth the next big thing in rock music for DC Music Publishing. As a rights owners he has placed music into projects for Cadbury, Toyota and M&S as well as films such as We Need to Talk about Kevin. As a Music Supervisor Danny has worked on high profile projects for Mars, Kelloggs, Sacla and Google.

Danny Champion has been in and around music publishing and synchronisation for the past 20 years. He has spent time in the synch teams at both major publishers (Sony Music Publishing) and independents (Threesixzero Group and peermusic) as well as being a music supervisor since 2014 (freelance since 2018). At the tail end of 2021 Danny launched his own indie music publishing business DC Music Publishing.

“Music Publishing and Sync has been my passion for many years now and I am so excited about owning my own publishing business and being able to work with up and coming and established writers and bands on both the creative and admin side of things. Whilst at peermusic I was the head of the sync department there for nearly 4 years and thrived off of the responsibility that came with the role as well as working directly with the roster for all things Sync in the UK. I now get to take that and expand it out to all areas of music publishing, not just sync. The UK is producing some outstanding songwriters and bands that i am itching to get the opportunity to work with.”

Larry Dvoskin

Larry Dvoskin is a Grammy nominated musician, #1 best selling

Larry Dvoskin is a Grammy nominated musician, #1 best selling author, entrepreneur, investor, music consultant and freelance writer for Rolling Stone magazine.

In a variety of roles his credits  include David Bowie, Sammy Hagar, Bono, MGMT, Sean Lennon, Al Jardine of The Beach Boys, Unicef, UN, RCA, EMI, Warner Brothers, MTV, CBS, ABC, and as a creator and executive producer has sold television shows sold to NBC, MTV, Logo, and others

He has taught Songwriting at the NYU School of Professional Studies for 22 years and is the Founder and President of Do What You Love Media, Miracle Music Inc, and Cool Guy Music Inc.

Danny Roberts

Danny Roberts is the head of A&R at Made Records,

Danny Roberts is the head of A&R at Made Records, a sub label of Universal Music UK/Germany. A year into this new role, Danny has spent the year searching far and wide in an effort to build a brand new roster. With a focus on development, Danny took this role as it enabled him to work with artists at an earlier point in their career.

“The buzz for me is finding raw talent and helping a band or artist realise their potential. It means I have the opportunity to work with people far more talented then myself. I try to find like-minded artists who want to work together as a team to achieve something magical. From a personal point of view, once success has occurred, there is something quite wonderful about knowing you were the first person to invest time and money in something when nobody else did. How rewarding is that?”

Having previously spent 8 years working as International A&R Manager at Decca Records, Danny signed and developed a diverse roster of artists including AURORA, Rhys Lewis, The Teskey Brothers, The Wandering Hearts and more. These artists combined, have amassed over 500 million streams on Spotify alone.

Danny says he feels very lucky to wake up every morning to do the job he always dreamed of!

Jonathan Li

Jonathan Li is an expert in Social Media and digital

Jonathan Li is an expert in Social Media and digital marketing for independent artists and managers in the music business. He is a data-driven and growth-focused digital marketer with over 13 years of experience leading digital work for clients such as Nissan USA, Dell, AT&T, Infiniti USA / Global, Hewlett Packard, Electronic Arts, and Canada’s Broadcasting Corporation. He currently serves as a mentor with numerous music programs such as The Juno Awards Masterclass and Canada’s Music Incubator where he has helped 200+ artists/music managers over the last 4 years with digital marketing. His consulting agency, Prosody Digital, works with businesses and marketing agencies to improve their eCommerce, SEO, paid advertising and analytics capabilities.

In his past artist life, Jonathan was a Western Canada Music Awards and Gospel Music Awards nominated singer/songwriter. Today, he also works as a songwriter for both independent & major label artists.

Teresa LaBarbera

Teresa LaBarbera is one of the top music executives in

Teresa LaBarbera is one of the top music executives in the world. She is responsible for the discovery of Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child and Jessica Simpson working side by side with these artists in their development for decades.

She has worked with Beyoncé on the superstar’s music including the critically acclaimed Beyoncé visual album, the Lemonade album and film, Coachella Homecoming, The Lion King: The Gift album, the Black is King film and The Carters Everything is Love.

She also worked with Jessica Simpson on the release of new music to accompany Jessica’s memoir, Open Book, a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

Until recently, Teresa was the Head of Music Operations and A&R for Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment, where she oversaw the company’s music operations and management of the label’s artist roster, which includes her development of the 5x Grammy nominated Chloe and Halle. Before joining Parkwood, Teresa spent 24 years at Sony Music as Sr. VP of A&R for both Columbia Records and Jive Records.

She was consistently brought in to work directly with artists on their projects including Britney Spear’s acclaimed Blackout album and was Executive Producer on Spears’ comeback album Circus. She has also worked with Pink, Backstreet Boys and Katharine McPhee to name a few. Her projects have sold over eighty million+ records and her creative role spans from A&R to Executive Producer, Music Supervisor and Artist Manager. Teresa was included in Billboard Magazine’s A&R Power Player List and is a sought after speaker and mentor and has served on the The Grammy’s Board of Trustees and The Recording Academy’s Texas Chapter Board of Governors.

Kevin McCove

Kevin McCove is both a successful musician and passionate educator.

Kevin McCove is both a successful musician and passionate educator. He has performed opening shows for Drake, Billy Joel, Kid Rock, One Republic, Backstreet Boys among other major names. As a composer and songwriter experienced in synchronisation, Kevin has had music placed in TV networks including CBS, Fox, MTV and Telemundo, as well as advertising placements with Delta Airlines, Gannett, Toyota and more. Kevin has inked performance contracts with LiveNation, worked on songwriting teams with artists from Atlantic records, UMG and RCA. In education he and is a highly respected speaker who has guest lectured at many schools and universities on how to equip yourself to become a full time musician in today’s music business.

Andy Ross

Andy is an award-winning music supervisor and executive music producer

Andy is an award-winning music supervisor and executive music producer with over 30 years of diversified experience in the music industry, including stints as artist manager, label chief, and publisher.
Andy won a Guild of Music Supervisors Award for his music supervision on director Damien Chazelle’s three-time Academy Award winning jazz movie Whiplash, and has been responsible for music supervision and curation of music in over 200 film, TV and advertising projects. As manager of UK band Psapp he helped land them the theme song to the award winning ABC show ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, currently gearing up for its 18th season after 365 episodes. He has commissioned over 100 original songs by writers such as Diane Warren, Dr John, Conor Oberst, Gary Numan & Howard Jones.

Currently he is the Creative Director and co-founder at Exit Strategy Productions where he oversees all aspects of creative music production and works on the development, creation and production of feature films and TV projects.

Dion Singer

The former Executive Vice President of Creative Marketing at Warner

The former Executive Vice President of Creative Marketing at Warner Records, and now a freelance consultant, Dion Singer has a 20 year track record for ground-breaking global campaigns for major superstar artists like Madonna, Green Day, Michael Bublé, Cher, Linkin Park, Deftones, Neil Young, Ed Sheeran, Jason Derulo, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars and hundreds of up and coming young artists.

Dion is passionate about music and has a deep understanding of the global music business. He works alongside artists, managers, songwriters as well as advising various media startup companies on how to approach opportunities using the latest technologies in today’s exciting audio spaces. He also teaches a course in “DIY Music Marketing” at UCLA in Los Angeles

With forward out-of-the box thinking using current research, he helps prepare artists and professionals with ideas, opportunities and advice on how to craft the right strategic approach to help them tell their stories with confidence and authenticity.

Ari Berger

Ari is an experienced and widely respected artist manager and

Ari is an experienced and widely respected artist manager and artist advocate based in Los Angeles, with a demonstrated history of working at a high level in the music industry. She is an extremely strong professional who is skilled in artist management, personal branding, tour management, event production, business development, artist marketing and the in depth workings of A&R departments in record labels.

She is currently A&R at 12Tone Music in Los Angeles.

J.R. Schumann

J.R. Schumann is the Senior Director of Programming for SiriusXM

J.R. Schumann is the Senior Director of Programming for SiriusXM Satellite Radio and is the head of Country Music programming for the platform. He has been named one of the most influential people in country radio several times by numerous trade organisations such as RadioInk, Billboard Magazine, and Country Aircheck. He is also a successful personal development speaker, coach, and media professional.

Lee Dannay

Lee Dannay has over twenty five years experience in the

Lee Dannay has over twenty five years experience in the music industry, including 15 years at Sony Music, as a senior A&R executive for both Epic and Columbia Records, plus five years at Warner/Chappell Music Publishing. While at Sony, Lee signed, developed and worked with a variety of artists including John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Five For Fighting, Anna Nalick and General Public.

Lee also worked as a senior music producer for America’s Got Talent, involved in casting and artist development for the music talent portion of the show, and as an executive producer for the artists subsequently signed.

Through her own creative consulting company, GoodWorks Music, Inc., Lee maintains the role of Creative Director and founding member of a music therapy initiative called Knock Out Noise, which researches and creates music and musical templates for disorders related to sensory processing.

Currently, Lee is head of A&R for Nashville based entertainment company Thirty Tigers, responsible for signing artists, providing A&R services for the roster as needed, and assisting with the development of the Thirty Tigers publishing venture.

Additionally, Lee is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, teaching the Business of Music Publishing and is a voting member of The Recording Academy.

Jochen Schuster

Jochen Schuster has more than 20 years of experience in the

Jochen Schuster has more than 20 years of experience in the music industry and is one of the most respected label executives in the business. He has worked at a high level in Universal Music, Sony Music, Polydor and Island,  selling millions of records with pretty much all of the most successful German artists, as well as International acts Meatloaf, Bryan Adams, Avicii, Caro Emerald, Nena, A-ha and many more.

Jochen has also been a leading project manager for TV shows The Voice, Germany’s Got Talent, Starsearch, Eurovison Songcontest.

Five years ago he stepped out of Universal and started his own companies including an artist management company, his own publishing arm at BMG rights, a consulting company and he also founded a direct-to-fan platform for artists and their fans „getnext.to“.

This new platform recently rolled out and already has many artists on board who successfully monetize their content with their fans. A great opportunity for any artist to earn money from digital and physical content, whilst fans love this new more intimate form of relationship with their favourite artists.

Andy Bibey

Andy began his musical career playing in bands across south

Andy began his musical career playing in bands across south Wales in the mid 2000’s, before packing his bags and moving to the outskirts of London to study. He spent around 3 years on the road across the UK & Europe as a tour manager before joining One Little Indian Records in 2011.

Andy ran the International department until May 2017, contributing to global campaigns for Björk, Asgeir, Cody ChesnuTT & Sinead O’ Connor amongst others, before joining Believe Distribution services in June 2017 as a Senior Label Manager, running global campaigns for direct artist deals and acting as a label manager for Believe’s digital distribution clients

Luc Floreani

Luc Floreani is an international singer songwriter and manager, born

Luc Floreani is an international singer songwriter and manager, born in Alice Springs, Central Australia.

He has worked with artists including  Amy Winehouse, Corrine Bailey Rae, Sam Smith, Blake, numerous X Factor/The Voice contestants, Jack Bruce, Marcella Detroit, Tony Hatch, Barry Mason, Kasabian, Darren Hayes and Starsailor.

He wrote the theme tune for
 Australia’s Channel 7 television current affairs program “Today Tonight”,
 the Prince’s Rainforest Project campaign song,
 Euro Gay Pride theme song 2011
 Cand the title track to the film “Darkness”.

Luc is the current host for OK Magazine Music Sessions online. “Live with Luc Floreani ” and a regular featured writer inwww.trebuchet-magazine.com.

Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and Board

Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and Board Director of the Ivors Academy (formerly BASCA), as well as the writer behind the Guardian music industry columns Behind the Music and Plugged In. She chairs the Ivors Academy Songwriter Committee as well as the Ivor Novello Awards Committee, and is the former Head of Business & Songwriter relations for the song data management platform Auddly, backed by hitmakers Max Martin and Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus.

Hailing from Sweden, she worked as a session singer, recording artist and performer in Stockholm and NYC before settling in London, where she signed a publishing deal with BMG Scandinavia. Since then she’s been working with recording artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including Roger Sanchez, Big Daddy Wilson and the Dark Tenor, collaborating with award-winning writers including Jörgen Elofsson (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears), Patrik Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn) and Steve McEwan (Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood). In 2016, her song A Better Man, co-written by Andrew Fromm (Backstreet Boys, Mark Anthony) and Peter Kvint (A-ha, Andreas Johnson) made the UK Eurovision finals.

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Paddy Byrne

Paddy Byrne is a multi million selling British songwriter, musician

Paddy Byrne is a multi million selling British songwriter, musician and producer known for working in a variety of genres with multi platinum and developing artists alike such as Snakehips, Paloma Faith, Ella Eyre, Tom Grennan, Olly Murs, Will Young, Gabrielle, Sinead Harnett, Daley, Devlin, Felon, Watermat, I Blame Coco and Mononoke.

His focus is always on the song, the artist’s vision and their vocal. He is as accomplished when writing and producing an entire song as he is writing lyrics and top line for other productions.

Paddy started his professional career writing and singing in his band ‘Byrne’ gaining widespread acclaim for their self produced album ‘Slowly & Gloriously’, receiving unanimously positive reviews including 9/10 in NME, 4/5 UNCUT and 5/5 Observer Music Monthly.

Following the birth of his first son he stopped touring and set up his studio and began co-writing and producing. His journey from the indi scene as an artist to co-creating in more commercial genres was immediately successful working with Will Young on four songs for his album ‘Let It Go’. His experience as a lead singer and writer gives him a deep affinity with artists and a love of vocal expression and lyric.

He has written and produced many multi platinum selling songs and is currently working with a wide variety of established and up and coming artists, writers and producers.

Jo Valentina Sinclair

Jo is a Life & Business Coach/ NLP Practitioner with over

Jo is a Life & Business Coach/ NLP Practitioner with over 25 years personal development study under her belt, and is an expert in helping people overcome self-doubt, imposter syndrome, procrastination.

She also has been a DJ for over 20 years and worked in the Music Industry for companies such as Warner, Mercury, and Sony as a Marketing Exec.

For nearly 10 years she worked with the BBC in Editorial Strategy but decided to follow her purpose and resign from the corporate world to set up her own coaching business where she now supports soulpurposed female entrepreneurs .

Luc Floreani

Luc Floreani is an international singer songwriter and manager, born

Luc Floreani is an international singer songwriter and manager, born in Alice Springs, Central Australia.

He has worked with artists including  Amy Winehouse, Corrine Bailey Rae, Sam Smith, Blake, numerous X Factor/The Voice contestants, Jack Bruce, Marcella Detroit, Tony Hatch, Barry Mason, Kasabian, Darren Hayes and Starsailor.

He wrote the theme tune for
 Australia’s Channel 7 television current affairs program “Today Tonight”,
 the Prince’s Rainforest Project campaign song,
 Euro Gay Pride theme song 2011
 Cand the title track to the film “Darkness”.

Luc is the current host for OK Magazine Music Sessions online. “Live with Luc Floreani ” and a regular featured writer inwww.trebuchet-magazine.com.

Yvonne Ambree

Yvonne has been a vocal coach on numerous award winning

Yvonne has been a vocal coach on numerous award winning TV-formats including “The Voice of Germany” , “It Takes 2” and “The Masked Singer” for the past 15 years as well as working with a variety of multi-platinum selling artists to help them improve their vocal skills and give them the flexibility they need.

As a singer she has been lending her voice to numerous pop-albums (Michael Patrick Kelly, Niila, Lulu Gainsbourg, Kendra Morris etc.)  as well as Walt Disney Movies (Encanto, 2021) and toured the world with artists such as Sleigh Bells, Little Boots, Gwen McCrae, Syl Johnson, Beatsteaks, Mousse T. and Lotte appearing on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and Amazon Music just to name a few.

Besides her work as a vocal coach and touring/studio singer Yvonne is also working under the moniker of PANTEON releasing music combined with a strong visual component. She writes, produces and records her own material using mostly old analog vintage gear.

In 2018 US blog “Popmatters” quoted: “ “Indie artist PANTEON is a reminder that the world we live in is capable of magical moments…” – it sums up Yvonne’s love for music as well as the process of finding something unique deep within that needs to be kindled.

Listen to examples of Yvonee’s work here:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5wdvfg6mXXZuPfaNX8d52X?si=w4NLPH0IRbqjDduMnoWnxA

TSA Team

Martin Sutton

FOUNDER & LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Martin Sutton is the founder of The Songwriting Academy and

Martin Sutton is the founder of The Songwriting Academy and multi-platinum songwriter and producer. Starting as a young busker on the streets of Norwich, he spent years developing the craft of songwriting, traveling the world to work with other writers, learning about the music business and honing his production skills. He is now a successful songwriter/producer and has sold millions of records in nearly 50 countries around the world.

His work includes Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Gary Barlow, Pixie Lott, Mark Owen, Olivia Newton-John, Andrew Roachford, Brian McFadden, Lulu, Mike & The Mechanics, K-Pop superstars Super Junior and X-Factor/Idol winners worldwide.

His teaching methodology and ethos have been described as “life-changing” by many of his students and over the years he has shared his knowledge and experience with thousands, opening their eyes to the world of professional music making. His diverse programming and production skills are widely sought after, from orchestration for Celine Dion and Andrew Lloyd Webber to quirky programming and beat-making for K-Pop/J-Pop artists, and rich country productions for artists including LeAnn Rimes.

Simon Coulson

CO-FOUNDER

Simon has been a performing musician for over 20 years,

Simon has been a performing musician for over 20 years, performing in a variety of original bands and heading up top UK Coldplay tribute Coolplay, including live performances to 40,000 people and performing at  Londons O2 Arena.

After attending one of Martin Suttons songwriting workshops Simon and Martin decided to combine talents and create The Songwriting Academy to be the leading Songwriting and Music Production training company using world class industry experts to deliver expert tuition to aspiring songwriters, producers  and musicians.

Simon is a serial entrepreneur and has launched a number of online businesses including The Internet Business School – one of the UKs leading Internet marketing training companies. Simon has an MBA from University of Kent and provides coaching on business and online presence.

Angela Skinner

STUDENT DIRECTOR

Angela is an in international songwriter based in Hertfordshire. She

Angela is an in international songwriter based in Hertfordshire. She has a Master Certificate in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music’s online platform and currently writes for artists and synch. With a background in nursing and business, she brings a host of people skills to her combined roles now as TSA’s Customer Relations Manager and as Martin’s PA!

Cat Aimi

COURSE DIRECTOR

Cat is a former Platinum student of The Songwriting Academy

Cat is a former Platinum student of The Songwriting Academy and popular collaborator with many established hit songwriters including Pam Sheyne (Christina Aguilera), Rob Agostini (Dido), Sherman De Vries (Sean Paul). Known in the music business for her powerful yet husky voice she is the first choice for many pro vocal sessions. Her passion for TSA led her to become our Online Course Manager.

Kristian Vader

STUDENT SUPPORT MANAGER

Kristian is a songwriter and founder of Songwriter News UK

Kristian is a songwriter and founder of Songwriter News UK – an online blog/magazine and Social Media network to promote Songwriters and emerging artists.  Originally from Sao Paolo, his diverse working career includes, video production crewing and being a former talent scout for an Indie label.  Kristian, a former Platinum Member, was awarded TSA Member Of The Year 2016 and has now joined us as TSA Events Correspondent.

Anna Paskhin

PLATINUM STUDENT MANAGER

Anna is our dedicated Student Manager providing support to our

Anna is our dedicated Student Manager providing support to our Platinum Students. With a background in Events Management and Administration, Anna is a very organised and personable individual.

Anna Leppänen

BOOKINGS MANAGER

Anna has extensive experience working in the music industry and

Anna has extensive experience working in the music industry and brings a diligent, organised and positive outlook to our team as Bookings Manager, providing a conduit between Students and Mentors.

Maggie Langridge

Helpdesk Administrator

Maggie is a former Platinum member of The Songwriting Academy

Maggie is a former Platinum member of The Songwriting Academy as a songwriter/lyricist and has been associated with the academy since 2017. She is responsible for providing support to students on our courses and when using our valuable resources such as the Song & Production Feedback system provided to our Platinum Members.

Michelle Clarke

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Michelle has been a TSA student for the past year

Michelle has been a TSA student for the past year and is a huge fan of The Songwriting Academy. She is a voice for the student community to help make the TSA experience the best it can possibly be!