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Who Taught Us So that We Can Teach You ?


Here is a list of some of the exceptional professionals from whom Bill has personally learned the craft and business of songwriting, performance,  production, and the realities of the music business over the last three decades. This list includes Grammy winners, Emmy winners, Tony winners, Platinum hit writers, and folks from all aspects of the business and craft of music.   Bill has worked with these folks through personal contact,  classes, seminars, and interviews, spanning many styles and perspectives, from New York to Nashville, and Boston to L.A. 


Pete Seeger One of the legendary figures in American folk music
Gene Pitney Recording artist and songwriting legend with many top 10 hits including  :  ( "Only Love Can Break a Heart", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" , many more...)
Rupert Holmes Hit songwriter ("The Pina Colada Song"  ) and Tony-Award winning Broadway writer  ( " The Mystery of Edwin Drood"  )
George David Weiss Hit songwriter for Elvis Presley & Louis Armstrong;  Writer of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight";   Past President  of the  Songwriters Guild of America
Julie Gold Grammy Award winning writer of "From A Distance"
Alex Forbes Co-writer of national #2 hit, "Don't Rush Me " recorded by Taylor Dayne
Sheila Davis Hit songwriter ("Who Will Answer" ), teacher, author of  "The Craft of Lyric Writing."
John Braheny Founder and Director, L.A. Songwriters Showcase; Author "The Craft and Business of Songwriting"
Herbert Kretzmer Lyricist for the hit Broadway show "Les Miserables"
Aaron Copland Great American Composer  ("Rodeo")
Jimmy Webb A songwriting legend
Bobby Weinstein Hit songwriter (Goin Out of My Head ) and a Vice President of BMI
Gary Burr Hit songwriter for Juice Newton and Kenny Rogers, and named "Nashville Songwriter of the Year".
Paul Leka Producer of Harry Chapin's "Cats In The Cradle ", and many other hits
Bob Leone Director of Special Projects, National Academy of Popular Music and Songwriters Hall of Fame
Jen Chapin Independent artist, daughter of Harry Chapin, Chairperson WHY.
Steve Chapin Grammy-winning arranger, composer, and member of Harry Chapin's original band
Tom Chapin Grammy-Award Winning songwriter and performer, member of the Chapin family
Jim Chapin The father of modern jazz drumming technique
Ann Ruckert Vice-President NARAS, producer of the Grammy Award show, and Coordinator of Pitch-A-Pro Sessions
Steve Katz Songwriter and member of Blood Sweat and Tears, and The Blues Project
Jack Hardy New York City folk legend and mentor to such stars as Suzanne Vega,  Svaughn Colvin, and David Massengill
Steve Seskin Hit songwriter and Producer from L.A.
Dar Williams One of today's top contemporary Indie folk artists
Steve Gillette Folk legend and hit songwriter, and writer for many Disney characters
Alan Roy Scott Top Hollywood and Hit Songwriter, official TAXI Screener
Jeff Franzell Composer of the music for Taylor Dayne's #2 hit, "Don't Rush Me "
Fred Koller Hit Songwriter (Going Gone ) and author of How to Pitch and Promote Your Songs
David Darling Noted Cellist and member of Paul Winter Consort
Stephen Citron Noted Broadway writer, author and teacher
Herb Gart Successful producer and promoter who discovered Bill Cosby and Bette Midler
A.J.Gundell 4 time Emmy Award winner for songs of TV shows like "The Guiding Light"
Alan Siegel NYC Music Attorney and author of Breaking In To the Music Business".
Marci Geller Indie Artist with many TV song placements,  and successful dance artist
Scott Zito Hit writer for Grace Slick of Jefferson Starship
Al Anderson Writer and performer with NRBQ
Buddy Cage Steel guitarist for New Riders of the Purple Sage
Mike Laskow Head of TAXI
David Roth Nationally known indie singer-songwriter
Pat Pattison Noted Author, and Professor of Songwriting at Boston's  Berklee School of Music
Richard Dieguez New York based music attorney and originator of "The Circle" pro sessions
Michael Hopkins Grammy-Award Winning engineer from Nashville who worked with Sheryl Crow
Bill Harley Reknown songwriter, storyteller and commentator for National Public Radio
Bill Staines A folk legend, writer of "All God's Critters", and player of upsidedown-backward guitar
Bill Lauf Originator of "Follow the Fire", and virtuoso on the 4-string tenor guitar
Janet Marlowe 10-string guitar virtuoso
Dick Gabriel Member of "Gary Puckett and the Union Gap", and national AFM Representative
Representatives from ASCAP, BMI SESAC The major Performing Rights Organizations