Songwriter

Brent Fischer has provided several presentations at the Hot Zone during the NAMM Show, providing his insight regarding the music industry.  His career started as a young child listening to his father, Clare Fischer, compose.  Over the years they worked together and when his father’s health began to...
Chris Jasper is the funk and soul keyboardist, singer and composer who played a key role in the Isley Brothers sound.  He later helped form Isley-Jasper-Isley, which, like the Isley Brothers era, resulted in several classic hit recordings. Chris has also enjoyed a long solo career which has...
Paul Williams is the actor turned songwriter who penned several of the most popular songs since the late 1960s.  His hits include "Rainy Days and Mondays", "We've Only Just Begun" and the classic for the Muppets, "Rainbow Connection."  Paul has also been active within ASCAP, serving as the...
Big Jay McNeely was there when the emotions of rhythm and blues gave birth to rock and roll. His honkin' sax style gave raw and bold tones to the feelings behind the R&B and Jump Swing styles of the early 1950’s, all of which played a key role in the popular musical trends that would follow. ...
Jay Leonhart's long and often celebrated career as a bassist has included recording and performances with Frank Sinatra, Carly Simon, Sting, and Gary Burton, among others.  His first album as a leader, "Salamander Pie" with pianist Mike Renzi, became an instant classic for its clever titles and...
John Dee Holeman was an influential blues performer known as the last surviving original musician who popularized the Piedmont Blues style.  The finger-picking guitar style was also known as Southeastern Blues and refers to alternating thumb bass string rhythms with the syncopated melodic treble...
Eddie Ray was the A&R man for Capitol-Tower Records and Imperial Records for many years.  As a result he was instrumental in the careers of such artists as Fats Domino, Sandy Nelson, Pink Floyd and Ricky Nelson, among others.  Eddie was also a songwriter whose songs have been performed and...
Ralph Stanley was best known for his featured songs in the movie "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou," although his career began in the 1930s. He sang in church with his family and later hit the road with a small group to bring their unique style of country music to the world.  He appeared on radio and...
Siwei Zou is the founder and president of sE Electronics International Inc.  He was born in Shanghai, China and began playing at an early age.  Siwei was focused on western classical music and composed both classical and popular music during the early part of his career.  He played at the famed...
AR Rahman can be thought of as the Quincy Jones of Indian Music!  His love and passion for music began when he was exposed to electronic keyboards thanks to his father.  He was proud to be among the first in India to purchase many early synthesizers including the Yamaha DX-7.  As he grew as an...

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