Thursday, November 5, 2015

2015 SONG CONTEST JUDGES

Grand Prize Judge : Roy Elkins, CEO of Broadjam, Inc.
ROY ELKINS is a well-known music technology entrepreneur who has been leading industry innovations for over twenty years. Elkins is the Founder and CEO of Broadjam Inc., serving independent musicians and industry giants such as Warner/Chappell, The Academy of Country Music, AMD, Yamaha, Peavey, Roland, ProSoundWeb and others. Broadjam.com, the company's popular web site, now hosts one of the largest collections of searchable independent music on the planet. The site is known for its user-friendly services for musicians, including artist web pages, song reviews, song contests, Top 10 Charts and the revolutionary METAJAM software.

Before founding Broadjam, Elkins was the Vice President-Sales & Marketing for Sonic Foundry, and held several director-level positions with Ensoniq Corporation. He maintains a database of over 5,000 music industry contacts include executives at virtually every company in the music industry and past and/or present artists such as Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, D.J. Jazzy Jeff, the Beach Boys, the Allman Brothers Band, BoyzIIMen, Roy Firestone, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Paul Broucek (Lord of the Rings), ELP, Yes, Journey, Skid Row, Bill Walton, Jackie Martling (Howard Stern), David Arkenstone, Randy Jackson and many others. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter who thoroughly understands the musician's world.

Category Judges

Americana: Kendra Terry  has been a volunteer at Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse since 1992 and is currently the Booking Manager. Kendra has been actively involved with the award winning Songwriter Stage at Richardson, TX, Wildflower! Art & Music Festival for about 20 years. She has been the Volunteer Manager for the Songwriter Stage for the past 5 years. Kendra was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation. A native Texan, Kendra grew up in South Louisiana singing with her three sisters. She has lived in the Dallas area since 1979.

Singer Songwriter: DAVID CARD, Owner, Poor David’s Pub
Most of Texas’ greatest songwriters have one thing in common: they’ve headlined at Dallas’ legendary music venue, Poor David’s Pub. For the past 31 years, Poor David’s Pub owner David Card has been host to outstanding artists such as Sara Hickman, the Dixie Chicks, Patrice Pike, Max Stalling, Guy Clark, Jimmy Webb and more. Card is also the founder of the annual BW Stevenson Memorial Singer-Songwriter Competition, held at Poor David’s every April and now in its 20th year. Card, Poor David’s Pub and the annual contest have helped the careers of past singer-songwriter winners including Adam Carroll, Max Stalling, Kristi Kruger, Gordy Quist, Elizabeth Wills, Colin Boyd, Owen Temple and many others. http://www.poordavidspub.com

Children's/Novelty :MONTY HARPER
has been on the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Roster since 1995. His songs and recordings have won many honors from groups including Parents’ Choice, iParenting, NAPPA, Children’s Music Web, Kids Radio Mania, and Unisong International. He has released eight titles on CD, available through CDBaby.com and iTunes Music Store More information is at www.montyharper.com

Christian/Inspirational:  SCOTT DICKEN is enjoying a diverse musical life as a singer, songwriter, arranger, ensemble director, educator and clinician. He is currently director of music at Christ United Methodist Church, Farmers Branch, TX, where he leads both traditional and
contemporary worship, and directs children’s and youth vocal ensembles.
Scott studied music at the University of Miami, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in
Music Business with a minor in Vocal Performance, and a master’s degree in Jazz Vocal
Performance. During a fruitful career as a Los Angeles-based session musician, he sang
on numerous feature films including Land of the Lost, Watchmen, Wanted, Horton Hears
a Who, Austin Powers, X-Men, and Superman Returns. On-screen credits include the
film First Daughter, and TV’s 3rd Rock From The Sun, and Days of our Lives. Scott also
had the honor of working on record projects for Barbra Streisand and Neil Young. Also
an avid stage performer, Scott’s favorite theatre roles include Tommy in Brigadoon, Sky
in Guys & Dolls, the Wolf/Prince in Into the Woods, and Billy in Carousel. As a concert
performer, Scott has enjoyed the opportunity to travel across the U.S.A., and throughout
Europe, Asia, and Australia.


Country: Larry Beaird, owner of Beaird Music Group, Inc. (a premier Nashville recording service featuring three recording studios) has produced songs featuring such artists as Dolly Parton, Billy Dean and Mark O’Connor. A past nominee of the Academy of Country Music award for Guitarist of the Year, he has played acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin on thousands of recording sessions including records for Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Brooks and Dunn, and Montgomery Gentry. You can also hear him on Pop/Rock records such as America and Art Garfunkel as well as several movie soundtracks including Fox and the Hound II, Varsity Blues, and Hannah Montana, the Movie (on the Rascal Flatts song, “Bless the Broken Road”).
His 12-string guitar work is featured on the recent recording of Turn, Turn, Turn featuring Roger McGuinn, Emmy Lou Harris, and Ricky Skaggs. This song is featured in the movie soundtrack for "The Song".
Larry played acoustic guitar on the records for back to back ACM Songs of the Year, “I’m Movin’ On” (recorded by Rascal Flatts) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (recorded by Randy Travis).
His company produces records for artists along with song demos for both veteran and up-and-coming songwriters. With their system of recording, writers can have their songs recorded in person or without ever coming to Nashville. http://www.beairdmusicgroup.com

Instrumental and Love Songs/Easy Listening: Owner of the jazz venue, Kitchen Cafe, TONY HAKIM has been a positive music force in the Dallas - Fort Worth jazz scene for over 25 years, playing both solo performance and collaboratively. His mellow guitar styles and winsome vocals have won him much acclaim and a devoted following worldwide. His first CD, "Postcards From You", is packed with a delightful assortment of original tunes, while his latest CD's, "Summer Place" and "Two For The Road", show off his definitive style as he interprets the works of the legends of the music world. http://www.tonyhakim.net/

Pop/Rock - Music Director KATHY FORSTE graduated from Central Missouri State University with a degree in Broadcasting and Film and a minor in music. KC Café Radio is a realization of her two passions, broadcasting and music.  Kathy has worked in television and radio for the past 30 years in various capacities.  This includes production, master control, programming and development for  ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS.  Kathy’s passion for music began as a child. At the age of 13 she wrote her first “real song” and has been writing songs and playing guitar ever since. She started performing live about 24 years ago as a solo artist in Oklahoma. She has played everywhere from Seattle, Washington to the Bluebird Café in Nashville. Kathy has written, recorded and produced three CD’s, “Mojo Hum”, “Too Late For Regrets” and “Home Fires”.  In her role with KC Café Radio Kathy has had the pleasure of interviewing over 60 singer/songwriters for the KC Café Radio website. She is also the sole ear for choosing the music of almost 500 songwriters and 5,000 songs for the playlist on KC Café Radio.  In her role as music director she coordinates and books the music for KC Café Radio Concert series which has included such well known acts as the Stray Birds, Jonathan Byrd, Beth Wood, Jeff Campbell and Stephanie Urbina Jones.  Kathy is a member of Folk Alliance International and Kansas City Songwriters Group.  www.kccaferadio.com

Monday, December 8, 2014

2014 SONG CONTEST JUDGES

Grand Prize Judge : Roy Elkins, CEO of Broadjam, Inc.
ROY ELKINS is a well-known music technology entrepreneur who has been leading industry innovations for over twenty years. Elkins is the Founder and CEO of Broadjam Inc., serving independent musicians and industry giants such as Warner/Chappell, The Academy of Country Music, AMD, Yamaha, Peavey, Roland, ProSoundWeb and others. Broadjam.com, the company's popular web site, now hosts one of the largest collections of searchable independent music on the planet. The site is known for its user-friendly services for musicians, including artist web pages, song reviews, song contests, Top 10 Charts and the revolutionary METAJAM software.

Before founding Broadjam, Elkins was the Vice President-Sales & Marketing for Sonic Foundry, and held several director-level positions with Ensoniq Corporation. He maintains a database of over 5,000 music industry contacts include executives at virtually every company in the music industry and past and/or present artists such as Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, D.J. Jazzy Jeff, the Beach Boys, the Allman Brothers Band, BoyzIIMen, Roy Firestone, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Paul Broucek (Lord of the Rings), ELP, Yes, Journey, Skid Row, Bill Walton, Jackie Martling (Howard Stern), David Arkenstone, Randy Jackson and many others. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter who thoroughly understands the musician's world.

Category Judges

Americana: MIKE HALL, manager and booking coordinator of Uncle Calvin’s Coffee House. Set inside the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church, this area landmark of acoustic music has become a haven for musicians and audiences looking for a laid back but engaging concert experience for a quarter century.

Singer Songwriter: DAVID CARD, Owner, Poor David’s Pub
Most of Texas’ greatest songwriters have one thing in common: they’ve headlined at Dallas’ legendary music venue, Poor David’s Pub. For the past 31 years, Poor David’s Pub owner David Card has been host to outstanding artists such as Sara Hickman, the Dixie Chicks, Patrice Pike, Max Stalling, Guy Clark, Jimmy Webb and more. Card is also the founder of the annual BW Stevenson Memorial Singer-Songwriter Competition, held at Poor David’s every April and now in its 20th year. Card, Poor David’s Pub and the annual contest have helped the careers of past singer-songwriter winners including Adam Carroll, Max Stalling, Kristi Kruger, Gordy Quist, Elizabeth Wills, Colin Boyd, Owen Temple and many others. http://www.poordavidspub.com

Children's/Novelty :MONTY HARPER
has been on the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Roster since 1995. His songs and recordings have won many honors from groups including Parents’ Choice, iParenting, NAPPA, Children’s Music Web, Kids Radio Mania, and Unisong International. He has released eight titles on CD, available through CDBaby.com and iTunes Music Store More information is at www.montyharper.com

Christian/Inspirational:  BOBBY SMITH AND DORINDA DUNCAN - Author and Gospel Producer E Robert Smith who traveled the road many years with Christian artist, Dion, has switched his created talents to fiction writing. His new novel, Downline, is a gripping tale of the world of multilevel marketing. DORINDA is a songwriter who a performed across the US, most notably at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Former recording artist with Capitol Records, she is currently cutting a Christian album with Bobby producing.
Bobby's book on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Downline-E-Robert-Smith/dp/0988820900

Country: JIM GERIK is a independent documentary and industrial film producer, whose company, Tocrok Productions has served a large client list including, REO Speedwagon, American Heart Association, Museum of the Mississippi, Willie Nelson, and more. He also has produced over 500 country music videos for Nashville clients and has extensive experience as a festival promotor, most recently presenting Pat Green in concert. http://www.tocrok.com/

Instrumental and Love Songs/Easy Listening: Owner of the jazz venue, Kitchen Cafe, TONY HAKIM has been a positive music force in the Dallas - Fort Worth jazz scene for over 25 years, playing both solo performance and collaboratively. His mellow guitar styles and winsome vocals have won him much acclaim and a devoted following worldwide. His first CD, "Postcards From You", is packed with a delightful assortment of original tunes, while his latest CD's, "Summer Place" and "Two For The Road", show off his definitive style as he interprets the works of the legends of the music world. http://www.tonyhakim.net/

Pop/Rock - Music Director KATHY FORSTE graduated from Central Missouri State University with a degree in Broadcasting and Film and a minor in music. KC Café Radio is a realization of her two passions, broadcasting and music.  Kathy has worked in television and radio for the past 30 years in various capacities.  This includes production, master control, programming and development for  ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS.  Kathy’s passion for music began as a child. At the age of 13 she wrote her first “real song” and has been writing songs and playing guitar ever since. She started performing live about 24 years ago as a solo artist in Oklahoma. She has played everywhere from Seattle, Washington to the Bluebird Café in Nashville. Kathy has written, recorded and produced three CD’s, “Mojo Hum”, “Too Late For Regrets” and “Home Fires”.  In her role with KC Café Radio Kathy has had the pleasure of interviewing over 60 singer/songwriters for the KC Café Radio website. She is also the sole ear for choosing the music of almost 500 songwriters and 5,000 songs for the playlist on KC Café Radio.  In her role as music director she coordinates and books the music for KC Café Radio Concert series which has included such well known acts as the Stray Birds, Jonathan Byrd, Beth Wood, Jeff Campbell and Stephanie Urbina Jones.  Kathy is a member of Folk Alliance International and Kansas City Songwriters Group.  www.kccaferadio.com

Thursday, May 30, 2013

2013 Judges


Grand Prize Judge : Roy Elkins, CEO of Broadjam, Inc.

Roy Elkins is a well-known music technology entrepreneur who has been leading industry innovations for over twenty years. Elkins is the Founder and CEO of Broadjam Inc., serving independent musicians and industry giants such as Warner/Chappell, The Academy of Country Music, AMD, Yamaha, Peavey, Roland, ProSoundWeb and others. Broadjam.com, the company's popular web site, now hosts one of the largest collections of searchable independent music on the planet. The site is known for its user-friendly services for musicians, including artist web pages, song reviews, song contests, Top 10 Charts and the revolutionary METAJAM software.

Before founding Broadjam, Elkins was the Vice President-Sales & Marketing for Sonic Foundry, and held several director-level positions with Ensoniq Corporation. He maintains a database of over 5,000 music industry contacts include executives at virtually every company in the music industry and past and/or present artists such as Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, D.J. Jazzy Jeff, the Beach Boys, the Allman Brothers Band, BoyzIIMen, Roy Firestone, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Paul Broucek (Lord of the Rings), ELP, Yes, Journey, Skid Row, Bill Walton, Jackie Martling (Howard Stern), David Arkenstone, Randy Jackson and many others. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter who thoroughly understands the musician's world.

Category Judges

Americana: MIKE HALL
manager and booking coordinator of Uncle Calvin’s Coffee HouseSet inside the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church, this area landmark of acoustic music has become a haven for musicians and audiences looking for a laid back but engaging concert experience for a quarter century.


Singer Songwriter: DAVID CARD, Owner, Poor David’s Pub
Most of Texas’ greatest songwriters have one thing in common: they’ve headlined at Dallas’ legendary music venue, Poor David’s Pub. For the past 31 years, Poor David’s Pub owner David Card has been host to outstanding artists such as Sara Hickman, the Dixie Chicks, Patrice Pike, Max Stalling, Guy Clark, Jimmy Webb and more. Card is also the founder of the annual BW Stevenson Memorial Singer-Songwriter Competition, held at Poor David’s every April and now in its 20th year. Card, Poor David’s Pub and the annual contest have helped the careers of past singer-songwriter winners including Adam Carroll, Max Stalling, Kristi Kruger, Gordy Quist, Elizabeth Wills, Colin Boyd, Owen Temple and many others. http://www.poordavidspub.com

Children's/Novelty : Monty Harper  has been on the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Roster since 1995. His songs and recordings have won many honors from groups including Parents’ Choice, iParenting, NAPPA, Children’s Music Web, Kids Radio Mania, and Unisong International. He has released eight titles on CD, available through CDBaby.com and iTunes Music Store More information is at www.montyharper.com

Christian:  Joe Milton is well-known for his independent recording studio, Jo-Musikwhere he writes and records his own material and produces new talent. Joe's songs have been featured in film and television, including the NBC mini-series, Hunt For the Unicorn about fugitive Ira Einhorn. http://joemilton.com/mus.htm

Country: Bret Dillon, named “DJ of the Year” in 2011 by the Texas Music Awards and is also the 2012 6th Annual Rusty Weir Life Time Achievement Award Winner, is a  17 year member of the KHYI family, who continues to build a local and internet fan base of loyal listeners and friends. 

Instrumental: Ricki Derek is a Sinatra tribute performer who plays at various venues in Dallas/Ft. Worth and has regular shows with his big band at the Scat Jazz Lounge in Fort Worth.

Love Songs : Terry Hankins is a professional jazz guitarist who plays regularly at jazz venues in Dallas and on recording sessions.  He has also written and recorded music for children's television.

Rock/Pop - Barry DeVorzon - President and Founder of MasterWriter  developed MasterWriter, the program designed by songwriters for songwriters which contains all the tools and reference that are essential for the modern songwriter. As a composer/songwriter/artist Barry DeVorzon has long been a prominent name in the recording industry. He discovered the highly successful group, The Association and developed one of the most successful independent record and publishing companies of that time. He later sold his companies to Warner Records. He was nominated for an academy award for "Bless The Beasts And The Children" and won a Grammy for "Nadia's Theme". His music for television has earned him six Emmys and numerous nominations.
Among his hits are "Nadia's Theme", "Theme From S.W.A.T.", "Bless The Beasts And Children", "In The City", "No More Drama", Dreamin", "Hey Little One" and "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight".

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2012 Judges

Grand Prize Judge : Roy Elkins, CEO of Broadjam, Inc.

Roy Elkins is a well-known music technology entrepreneur who has been leading industry innovations for over twenty years. Elkins is the Founder and CEO of Broadjam Inc., serving independent musicians and industry giants such as Warner/Chappell, The Academy of Country Music, AMD, Yamaha, Peavey, Roland, ProSoundWeb and others. Broadjam.com, the company's popular web site, now hosts one of the largest collections of searchable independent music on the planet. The site is known for its user-friendly services for musicians, including artist web pages, song reviews, song contests, Top 10 Charts and the revolutionary METAJAM software.

Before founding Broadjam, Elkins was the Vice President-Sales & Marketing for Sonic Foundry, and held several director-level positions with Ensoniq Corporation. He maintains a database of over 5,000 music industry contacts include executives at virtually every company in the music industry and past and/or present artists such as Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, D.J. Jazzy Jeff, the Beach Boys, the Allman Brothers Band, BoyzIIMen, Roy Firestone, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Paul Broucek (Lord of the Rings), ELP, Yes, Journey, Skid Row, Bill Walton, Jackie Martling (Howard Stern), David Arkenstone, Randy Jackson and many others. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter who thoroughly understands the musician's world.

Category Judges

Americana: MIKE HALL
manager and booking coordinator of Uncle Calvin’s Coffee HouseSet inside the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church, this area landmark of acoustic music has become a haven for musicians and audiences looking for a laid back but engaging concert experience for a quarter century.


Singer Songwriter: DAVID CARD, Owner, Poor David’s Pub
Most of Texas’ greatest songwriters have one thing in common: they’ve headlined at Dallas’ legendary music venue, Poor David’s Pub. For the past 31 years, Poor David’s Pub owner David Card has been host to outstanding artists such as Sara Hickman, the Dixie Chicks, Patrice Pike, Max Stalling, Guy Clark, Jimmy Webb and more. Card is also the founder of the annual BW Stevenson Memorial Singer-Songwriter Competition, held at Poor David’s every April and now in its 20th year. Card, Poor David’s Pub and the annual contest have helped the careers of past singer-songwriter winners including Adam Carroll, Max Stalling, Kristi Kruger, Gordy Quist, Elizabeth Wills, Colin Boyd, Owen Temple and many others. http://www.poordavidspub.com

Children's/Novelty : Deborah Poppink created Didi Pop, a singer songwriter that has a cool, catchy, totally original take on life and who is married to the president of Bug Music in Hollywood.
Her songs can be heard on The X-Files TV series as well as in a new feature film, Jack and Jill and her latest family friendly project, DIDI POP! Original Music for kids. She has performed all over the world and is signed with Bug Music and BMI. She'll be touring soon with DIDI POP but now is ultra busy taking care of her two small daughters in Mar Vista California.

Christian:  Joe Milton is well-known for his independent recording studio, Jo-Musik, where he writes and records his own material and produces new talent. Joe's songs have been featured in film and television, including the NBC mini-series, Hunt For the Unicorn about fugitive Ira Einhorn. http://joemilton.com/mus.htm

Country: MARTY RENDLEMAN, President and CEO of Rendleman Management Group, Rendleman has been involved in the entertainment industry since 1984. She has experience in every facet of the business from PR to management, and has a reputation for spotting and developing hot new talent. In 1992, Marty discovered and then managed LeAnn Rimes for three years. She obtained the song "Blue," from her dear friend, Bill Mack, and the rest, as they say, is history. In 1996, Marty would again sign a 9-year old, Mikaila, and start the process all over -- but this time in "Pop" music. In June of l999, at the age of twelve, Mikaila signed one of the biggest new-artist deals in history with Universal's Island Def-Jam Label. In August of 1999, Marty signed Kristy Lee, another blonde-haired, blue-eyed country singer. Kristy has just released her first album, "Devoted.http://www.rendleman.net


Instrumental: Nicolas Tsolainos  is a Dallas based symphony and jazz bassist. He joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1995 and is currently principal bass with the orchestra. Prior to his tenure with the Dallas Symphony, Tsolainos was in demand as a freelance musician playing with, among others, the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops.

Love Songs : Melani Skybell is a Dallas based jazz pianist/vocalist whose repertoire includes traditional jazz numbers, sultry ballads, swing standards, bossa novas, pop classics, and her original jazz-pop compositions. She performs regularly at a number of Dallas jazz venues and has five CD albums that include original songs, some of which have sold to various media outlets including the well known TV series "Breaking Bad" on AMC, and NBC's "Friends With Benefits".

Rock/Pop - Beth Nielsen Chapman - From writing hits for other artists to recording her own, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Nashville based singer-songwriter has truly embraced musical diversity. Her song,"This Kiss”, ASCAP'S 1999 Song Of The Year, sung by Faith Hill garnered her a Grammy nomination. And Beth was Nashville NAMMY'S 1999 Songwriter of the Year.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

DSA Song Contest Judges














2011 Judges



Grand Prize Judge : Roy Elkins, CEO of Broadjam, Inc.

Roy Elkins is a well-known music technology entrepreneur who has been leading industry innovations for over twenty years. Elkins is the Founder and CEO of Broadjam Inc., serving independent musicians and industry giants such as Warner/Chappell, The Academy of Country Music, AMD, Yamaha, Peavey, Roland, ProSoundWeb and others. Broadjam.com, the company's popular web site, now hosts one of the largest collections of searchable independent music on the planet. The site is known for its user-friendly services for musicians, including artist web pages, song reviews, song contests, Top 10 Charts and the revolutionary METAJAM software.

Before founding Broadjam, Elkins was the Vice President-Sales & Marketing for Sonic Foundry, and held several director-level positions with Ensoniq Corporation. He maintains a database of over 5,000 music industry contacts include executives at virtually every company in the music industry and past and/or present artists such as Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, D.J. Jazzy Jeff, the Beach Boys, the Allman Brothers Band, BoyzIIMen, Roy Firestone, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Paul Broucek (Lord of the Rings), ELP, Yes, Journey, Skid Row, Bill Walton, Jackie Martling (Howard Stern), David Arkenstone, Randy Jackson and many others. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter who thoroughly understands the musician's world.

Category Judges

Americana: MIKE HALL, manager and booking coordinator of Uncle Calvin’s Coffee House. Set inside the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church, this area landmark of acoustic music has become a haven for musicians and audiences looking for a laid back but engaging concert experience for a quarter century.


Singer Songwriter: DAVID CARD, Owner, Poor David’s Pub
Most of Texas’ greatest songwriters have one thing in common: they’ve headlined at Dallas’ legendary music venue, Poor David’s Pub. For the past 31 years, Poor David’s Pub owner David Card has been host to outstanding artists such as Sara Hickman, the Dixie Chicks, Patrice Pike, Max Stalling, Guy Clark, Jimmy Webb and more. Card is also the founder of the annual BW Stevenson Memorial Singer-Songwriter Competition, held at Poor David’s every April and now in its 20th year. Card, Poor David’s Pub and the annual contest have helped the careers of past singer-songwriter winners including Adam Carroll, Max Stalling, Kristi Kruger, Gordy Quist, Elizabeth Wills, Colin Boyd, Owen Temple and many others. http://www.poordavidspub.com

Children's/Novelty : Deborah Poppink created Didi Pop, a singer songwriter that has a cool, catchy, totally original take on life and who is married to the president of Bug Music in Hollywood.
Her songs can be heard on The X-Files TV series as well as in a new feature film, Jack and Jill and her latest family friendly project, DIDI POP! Original Music for kids. She has performed all over the world and is signed with Bug Music and BMI. She'll be touring soon with DIDI POP but now is ultra busy taking care of her two small daughters in Mar Vista California.

Christian: Art Greenhaw -  Grammy Award-Winning musician and producer Art Greenhaw, a sixth generation Texan, was born in Dallas. As a child, Art was part of the very first group of students admitted by audition to Southern Methodist University's newly-created Piano Preparatory Department, and was eventually taught by flamboyant, master concert pianist and visual artist Lucien Leinfelder. From family nurtured musical and artistic beginnings by homemaker mother Patricia and pro musician, educator and entrepreneur father Frank, Art's love of recording has resulted in Grammy Awards and multiple Grammy Nominations on his label, Greenhaw Records (www.myspace.com/greenhawrecords). In his performing and touring career, Art leads the quintessential Texas band and one of the world's top historical bands, The Light Crust Doughboys(www.myspace.com/artgreenhaw). In the field of motion pictures, Art produced and arranged the music for Hollywood Film Awards Best Documentary Nominee LUGOSI: HOLLYWOOD'S DRACULA and several other music videos and documentaries.

Country: MARTY RENDLEMAN, President and CEO of Rendleman Management Group, Rendleman has been involved in the entertainment industry since 1984. She has experience in every facet of the business from PR to management, and has a reputation for spotting and developing hot new talent. In 1992, Marty discovered and then managed LeAnn Rimes for three years. She obtained the song "Blue," from her dear friend, Bill Mack, and the rest, as they say, is history. In 1996, Marty would again sign a 9-year old, Mikaila, and start the process all over -- but this time in "Pop" music. In June of l999, at the age of twelve, Mikaila signed one of the biggest new-artist deals in history with Universal's Island Def-Jam Label. In August of 1999, Marty signed Kristy Lee, another blonde-haired, blue-eyed country singer. Kristy has just released her first album, "Devoted.http://www.rendleman.net


Instrumental: Grammy Award Winner Richard Theisen has built a successful career in the music business from the studio to the stage.  In his twenties her toured the country with Eddie Rabbitt and played with some of the World's finest musicians. Alabama, The Beach Boys, Frankie Avalon, Mickey Gilley and Bob Hope, just to name a few. His theatrical credit include co-writing and performing in the international touring production of American Jukebox. Richard's film credits include: Beverly Hills Cop as co-writer of the grammy award winning album cut, Rock n Roll Me Again" performed by The System; and Thinking Big & Perfect Profile as the composer of the sound tracks for AFC Pictures. 

Love Songs/ Easy Listening- Michael Nieves, Managing Director, Sugaroo - Before launching the musical empire that is Sugaroo! in early 1999, founder Michael Nieves served as head of Rhino Records’ licensing and publishing departments. Prior to that, he worked in business affairs/licensing at MCA Music Publishing in his beloved NYC. Michael also co-founded Sugaroo!’s sister label, HackTone Records, which earned accolades from music geeks and critics alike for releases like Lewis Taylor’s Stoned and Mark Olson’s The Salvation Blues. When he’s not listening to, talking about, or licensing music, Michael is generally either cooking and/or eating, usually with a NY sports team playing in the background...http://www.sugaroo.com

Rock/Pop - Joe Milton is well-known for his independent recording studio, Jo-Musik, where he writes and records his own material and produces new talent. Joe's songs have been featured in film and television, including the NBC mini-series, Hunt For the Unicorn about fugitive Ira Einhorn. http://joemilton.com/mus.html

Sunday, October 25, 2009

DSA Song Contest Judges

2009 Judges

Grand Prize Judge : Roy Elkins, CEO of Broadjam, Inc.

Roy Elkins is a well-known music technology entrepreneur who has been leading industry innovations for over twenty years. Elkins is the Founder and CEO of Broadjam Inc., serving independent musicians and industry giants such as Warner/Chappell, The Academy of Country Music, AMD, Yamaha, Peavey, Roland, ProSoundWeb and others. Broadjam.com, the company's popular web site, now hosts one of the largest collections of searchable independent music on the planet. The site is known for its user-friendly services for musicians, including artist web pages, song reviews, song contests, Top 10 Charts and the revolutionary METAJAM software.

Before founding Broadjam, Elkins was the Vice President-Sales & Marketing for Sonic Foundry, and held several director-level positions with Ensoniq Corporation. He maintains a database of over 5,000 music industry contacts include executives at virtually every company in the music industry and past and/or present artists such as Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, D.J. Jazzy Jeff, the Beach Boys, the Allman Brothers Band, BoyzIIMen, Roy Firestone, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Paul Broucek (Lord of the Rings), ELP, Yes, Journey, Skid Row, Bill Walton, Jackie Martling (Howard Stern), David Arkenstone, Randy Jackson and many others. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter who thoroughly understands the musician's world.

Category Judges

Americana: LOUIS JAY MEYERS, Executive Director of the Folk Alliance orginazation and conference.

Louis Jay Meyers is the founder and co-founder of numerous industry music conferences and an actively performing musician. He is currently the executive director of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance and the director of the annual International Folk Alliance Conference, a post he assumed in June 2005.

Based in Memphis, Tenn., the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance was established in 1989 to cultivate and promote traditional, contemporary, multicultural folk music and dance and related performing arts in North America. It also seeks to strengthen and advance organizational and individual initiatives in folk music and dance through education, networking, advocacy and professional and field development. Read more about Louis in the Celebrity Access industry rag: http://www.celebrityaccess.com/news/profile.html?id=349 or Folk Alliance at http://www.folk.org


BareBones: DAVID CARD, Owner, Poor David’s Pub
Most of Texas’ greatest songwriters have one thing in common: they’ve headlined at Dallas’ legendary music venue, Poor David’s Pub. For the past 31 years, Poor David’s Pub owner David Card has been host to outstanding artists such as Sara Hickman, the Dixie Chicks, Patrice Pike, Max Stalling, Guy Clark, Jimmy Webb and more. Card is also the founder of the annual BW Stevenson Memorial Singer-Songwriter Competition, held at Poor David’s every April and now in its 20th year. Card, Poor David’s Pub and the annual contest have helped the careers of past singer-songwriter winners including Adam Carroll, Max Stalling, Kristi Kruger, Gordy Quist, Elizabeth Wills, Colin Boyd, Owen Temple and many others. http://www.poordavidspub.com

Children's/Novelty : Deborah Poppink created Didi Pop, a singer songwriter that has a cool, catchy, totally original take on life and who is married to the president of Bug Music in Hollywood.
Her songs can be heard on The X-Files TV series as well as in a new feature film, Jack and Jill and her latest family friendly project, DIDI POP! Original Music for kids. She has performed all over the world and is signed with Bug Music and BMI. She'll be touring soon with DIDI POP but now is ultra busy taking care of her two small daughters in Mar Vista California.

Christian: Randy Adams
Owner and chief engineer of AdamSound, Randy Adams was an original member of contemporary Christian music group Dallas Holm and Praise from 1975 to 1982, participating in every project the group recorded during that time, including the RIAA gold certified "Hey, I'm a Believer," which featured the first recording of "Rise Again", "Tell 'Em Again", "All That Matters", "This is My Story", and "I Saw the Lord". Visit Randy's recording studio website at http://www.AdamsSound.com and read this article about him published in the Dallas Morning News. http://adamsound.com/dmn_article.htm

Country: Marty Rendleman, President & CEO of Rendleman Management Group,
Rendleman has been involved in the entertainment industry since 1984. She has experience in every facet of the business from PR to management, and has a reputation for spotting and developing hot new talent. In 1992, Marty discovered and then managed LeAnn Rimes for three years. She obtained the song "Blue," from her dear friend, Bill Mack, and the rest, as they say, is history. In 1996, Marty would again sign a 9-year old, Mikaila, and start the process all over -- but this time in "Pop" music. In June of l999, at the age of twelve, Mikaila signed one of the biggest new-artist deals in history with Universal's Island Def-Jam Label. In August of 1999, Marty signed Kristy Lee, another blonde-haired, blue-eyed country singer. Kristy has just released her first album, "Devoted." http://www.rendleman.net

Singer-Songwriter: Michael Terry, assistant manager and booking coordinator of Uncle Calvin’s Coffee House. Set inside the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church, this area landmark of acoustic music has become a haven for musicians and audiences looking for a laid back but engaging concert experience for a quarter century.
After 33 years of working at Southwestern Bell, he found the music of the Kerrville Folk Festival spoke to him and he decided to take early retirement in order to become more involved in presenting music. He found that opportunity in the halls of a church. Uncle Calvin’s has featured some of the brightest singers/songwriters in folk and country: The Dixie Chicks, Patty Larkin, Martin Sexton, John Gorka, Tom Paxton, Darden Smith and Butch Hancock are just a handful of the performers who have brought packed audiences to the 220-capacity hall every Friday evening for the last 25 years.
For more about Uncle Calvin's read this article from the Dallas Observer http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2007/11/after_25_years_uncle_calvins_c.php


MusicVideo: Bart Weiss, Founder of the Dallas Video Festival
Bart Weiss is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor and educator. He is mostly known as the director and founder of the Dallas Video Festival. He produces the TV show "Frame of Mind" on KERA TV in Dallas, and is the artistic director of 3 Stars Cinema. He has taught film and video at a number of universities and is currently an associate professor at UT Arlington. He is a former president of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF), former (and founding) board member of the Dallas Artists Research and Exhibition (DARE), and founder of the Video Association of Dallas. He has been a video columnist for The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, and United Features Syndicate.
His films/videos have been shown at the SF Jewish Film Fest, SXSW, the Other Cinema, Kennedy Center , AFI's National Video Festival, Berlin Media Operative Festival, Sidney and Melbourne film festivals and many more.,


Instrumental: John Bryant John Bryant is a percussionist, music producer, and composer whose work with Bryant-Hames Music is featured in Emmy Award winning documentary films. He was comissioned to compose the musical scores for three dance works for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. In addition to working in recording studios as a producer and musician. He has toured with Ray Charles and the Paul Winter Consort. Originally from Virginia, he majored in percussion and the University of North Texas, where he played and recorded with the I O'clock Lab Band. He Has recorded and/or performed with many artists including Ray Charles, D'Drum, the Neville Brothers, Eric Burdon and the Animals. Gary Burton, the Dallas Symphony, and Doc Severinsen. He is currently on the faculty at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tx as Adjunct Lecturer of Drumset Studies.

http://www.pureddrum.com



Love Songs/ Easy Listening - Alan Rhody’s hit song, "I’ll Be True To You", performed by the Oakridge Boys became a standard by the late eighties ringing up more than four million in sales and eventually over one million airplays. He has spent three decades writing and singing with the passion of someone who is not only highly gifted, but who is driven to create. His poignant ballads and gutsy rockers have also garnered over a hundred recordings by a long list of major artists in country, folk, and bluegrass. Rhody’s newest new album, "Rhody In Black & White" (Ashwood Recordings), is a 21 song retrospective ranging from his beginnings in the Canadian folk scene of the early seventies through brand new material and his own arrangements of his hits by others including Del McCoury, Lorrie Morgan, Murray McLauchlan, Kevin Welch, Hoyt Axton, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Tanya Tucker.. www.alanrhody.com

DSA Song Contest Judges

Annual Song Contest held by the Dallas Songwriters Association to provide a benchmark for popular songwriting competency. Winners in each category, plus grand prize winners.