The Songwriter Series with host Steven McClintock is a new series of live shows featuring interviews and music from known and unknown songwriters. Get into the minds of the songwriters and explore their process and inspirations and see them perform live. The first show which debut on November 14, 2013 met with rave reviews and was seen around the world on the live stream.
The January 19, 2014 show will feature Stephen Petree
Before the age of 17, as a member of the teen act PC Quest, Stephen Petree was signed by John Kalodner to Geffen Records, signed by Irving Azoff to Giant Records and signed by Joe Galante to RCA Records. While at RCA he released two CDs, had a top 50 Billboard Pop Hit with Can I Call You My Girl, a top 60 Billboard Pop and top 50 Billboard R&B hit with After the Summer’s Gone.
Stephen went on to record four independent rock CDs with Paradigm, a group with his brother Chad. In the mid 90’s Paradigm played hundreds of shows in and around Oklahoma City, as well as receiving consistent local radio play.
In the early 2000’s, Stephen, Chad and Jeremy Dawson co-founded Shiny Toy Guns, a rock alternative electronica band that was quickly signed to Universal Records resulting in commercial success with radio, record sales and TV/film licensing. Stephen was one of the main writers with songs like Le Disko which not only was played extensively on KROQ and other indie stations, but was also licensed for commercials, films and TV such as Motorola Razor 2, Honda International, Wall Street II, Dancing with the Stars, Next Top Model, Gossip Girls and more. Stephen left band early on but continues to write with and for them.
Back in LA now, he is performing, ministering, writing and producing. Back in LA now, he is performing, ministering, writing and producing. In 2012, Stephen co-wrote and produced a single for Jamar Rogers, a former finalist on The Voice, and co-wrote and produced his current single, “Drink of You”. Also in 2013, Stephen won a Dove Award for his songwriting contribution on the album Gateway “Next Generation”.
He is married to an amazing woman and has two wonderful little girls.
To RSVP or find out more about this event – visit the event page here! The line up of world class Songwriters for this great showcase is set! Click each one to view their Bio!
[su_spoiler title=”DW Jackson”]
DW Jackson starting playing music at the age of 9 and wrote his first song at the age of 15. The rest is, or should we say, may one day be, history….
He left a professional career in music at the age 26 on a “vision quest” (which incidentally, he is still on). He sold what he had and took to the road traveling with a friend, first in a vintage Volkswagen Westfalia, and afterward (the Westy’s engine blew), a late model Ford van.
By then, he had learned various trades and worked with his hands as they traveled throughout the country. His hair grew. He sported a full beard and hair to his waist. It wasn’t the plan, but dw had become a bonafide hippie…
He believes he’s lived a privileged life, having been places and seen things, met people and had experiences that money cannot buy.
His hair is shorter now and there’s always more to a story, but dw’s music will speak for itself… [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Tiffany Kintzer”]
Tiffany Kintzer experienced her first music concert with Paul McCartney at the tender age of three and found her love for music upon discovering The Beatles. Though popular before her time, Tiffany was intrigued by the passion in their music and wanted to know everything about John, Paul, George, and Ringo. From that point on, she dove in studying successful acts and began preparing for her own career in the music business. Her father was in the media world in the Midwest and offered her opportunities to meet many creative and inspiring artists, further fueling the fire!
“Soulful” and “back-to-basics” is exactly what describes Tiffany Kintzer’s music. She released her first self-titled EP in 2010 with three original tracks: Hang Up, Barely Getting By, and October Keys. Tiffany enjoyed the local Des Moines, Iowa music scene playing live shows and receiving airplay on her first single. In 2012, Tiffany moved to Los Angeles, started co-writing, networking with great musicians and mentors, listening to live music and began working on recording some new songs for 2014 release. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”RC Benatz”]
From age 7 when his Dad bought him his first guitar, singer-songwriter
RC Benatz, always loved music and the process of songwriting. Inspired and influenced by country, blues, folk, rockabilly, and jazz with artist like Bruce Hornsby, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Louis Armstrong, he incorporated all he learned and put in his songs.
RC’s voice is compared to Keith Whitley, Randy Travis, Josh Turner and Joe Nichols. His songs are a mix between fiction and fact, each song tells its own story. A blue collared mechanical technician at Knott’s Berry Farm, traveled the West Coast as a troubadour, worked as a ranch hand with trainer Charles Minter in Agua Dulce California…all of this led him to write his first Country album “New Stomping Ground” produced by Michael Mikulka.
RC is working on a second album with recording engineer Keith Taylor that will debut June of 2014. His latest release, a Christmas single called “Rockefeller”, is a duet with Steven McClintock on iTunes and just a taste of things to come.
[su_spoiler title=”Kerry Getz”]
“Getz is long overdue for the national platform she deserves.” – The Los Angeles Times
“Melodies of a Pop Goddess” – The Los Angeles Times
“Expressiveness and clarity are hallmarks… the songwriting is strong, passionate and poetic” – National Public Radio
“Kerry Getz Ought To Be Famous” – The OC Weekly
The comment you hear most often about Kerry Getz is that she has it all. With a voice that the Los Angeles Times says, “hits with persuasive force or dances with nuanced delicacy”, coupled with an extraordinary signature guitar style, a gift for songwriting that transcends words and music, and a warm and captivating stage presence.
Kerry distinctly remembers the year her older brother received an acoustic guitar for Christmas. She would steal it away while he was in school, spending countless hours teaching herself to play songs by some of her earliest influences: Joni Mitchell, CSN&Y, Jackson Browne, and Simon & Garfunkel.
After years of club and concert work, she released her long awaited World in Motion debut album, Apollo. The Los Angeles Times named it one of the best local releases of the year, later revising that review to single out the record as one of the best of the decade. Kerry has gone on to record four original albums, all of which have received critical acclaim nationally.
Kerry Getz has shared the stage with numerous artists, including Neil Finn, Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Nick Lowe, and John Mayer. She was named “Female Artist of the Year” by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards and nominated for the same title by the Orange County Music Awards, been featured multiple times on the PBS station, KOCE-TV. She has recently had her CDs listed in the top CDs of the decade by the Los Angeles Times, Editor’s Choice by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and listed as one of the 15 CDs suggested in the end of the year gift guide published by NPR radio.
[su_spoiler title=”Marina V”]
Marina V is an award-winning Russian-American recording pop artist, singer and songwriter with a “hauntingly beautiful” voice (LA TIMES). Classically trained in her hometown of Moscow, Marina has been singing and writing songs since she was a child. She won a prestigious scholarship and came to America at 15 to pursue her American Dream, releasing several albums and touring the world since.
A versatile songwriter, Marina has written many songs for films, ads such as PEPSI, NBC’s famed soap DAYS OF OUR LIVES video games and has licensed her songs everywhere from NBC, CBS and SONY Ent to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Lifetime and The National Geographic.
She is a recent recipient of The Los Angeles Music Critic Award and an award from Sir Bob Geldof. www.MarinaV.com
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