BARRY COFFING: Producer/Engineer/Programmer
He has been involved in almost every facet of the music business. As an artist, he was signed to Warner Brothers Records. As a songwriter, he secured publishing deals with Universal Music Publishing and EMI. He even owned his own record label with distribution through Sony RED.
Barry grew up in Houston and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He began his professional music career performing in bands locally, but he was also in demand as a Jingle Singer, Music Producer, and Composer. His talents were discovered by Steve Tyrell & Barry Mann and he was invited to Los Angeles. After several trips and two of his songs being placed in movies, he decided to join the company and move to LA.
Over the next 20 years, he amassed plenty of credits and awards with over 200 tracks placed in movies and TV, BMI Songwriting Awards, Multiple #1 hits, and an Emmy nomination. He continued to be the voice behind the scenes in movies like Moulin Rouge, The Brady Bunch Movie & Winnie The Pooh’s Grand Adventure, He wrote TV themes for California Dreams, The Pyramid (Starring Donny Osmond) & The Heights. A song he co-wrote “How Do You Talk To An Angel” went on to become a number one hit and sell over 500,000 copies worldwide.
He has produced tracks on Chaka Khan, Lee Greenwood, Michael McDonald, Thelma Houston, Tiffany, Irene Cara, Gary Pucket, Peabo Bryson, Broadway Star Page O’Hara and many others.
Currently, he is a Music Business Entrepreneur who represents over 17,000 record labels and publishers for film and TV licensing. His company, Music Supervisor Inc. places hundreds of songs each year in Films, TV, and Advertising. Every major Film Company and TV network uses their software and services. He is in demand as a guest lecturer, speaker, and moderator. His knowledge about the music business is at the level where he is asked to speak at Continuing Legal Education events. (Required by those in the legal profession in order to keep their license in good standing).
CHARLES CALELLO: Producer/Arranger
An American singer, composer, conductor, arranger, and record producer born in Newark, New Jersey. His track record of successfully collaborating with various artists to produce or arrange Billboard hit songs led to his nickname in the industry as the “Hit Man”.
In the late 1950s, Calello was a member of Frankie Valli’s group The Four Lovers, but left before the group was transformed into The Four Seasons. In 1962, he became the group’s musical arranger. In 1965, he joined the Four Seasons’ lineup as bassist, replacing Nick Massi.
He has worked and recorded with Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Roberto Carlos, Neil Diamond, Al Kooper, Bruce Springsteen, Laura Nyro, Liza Minnelli, Engelbert Humperdinck, the Cyrkle, Jimmy Clanton, Ray Charles, Deana Martin, Natalie Cole, Bobby Vinton, Janis Ian, Barry Manilow, Juice Newton, Red Rider, Nancy Sinatra, the Highwaymen, Deborah Allen, and many others. Calello was the conductor and responsible for the string arrangements on Springsteen’s “Jungleland” from the album Born to Run.
Calello has had over 100 Billboard chart records, 38 of which have been top 20. Some of his hits include “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, “Native New Yorker” by Odyssey, “My Heart Belongs to Me” by Barbra Streisand, and “After the Lovin’” by Engelbert Humperdinck. In 1979, he had his own hit record with a disco version of “Sing, Sing, Sing”.
PHILLIP A. PETERSON: Cellist/Arranger
He is a composer, orchestrator and a creative catalyst with work spanning from symphonic commissions, orchestrations for hip hop/pop to intricately composed film scores. His original compositions have been premiered by the Seattle symphony and have been featured in numerous films, commercials, and digital media. Peterson’s unmatched talents and creativity have led to frequent collaborations including; orchestrating for Lorde and Ed Sheeran, producing & contributing to albums by Portugal. The Man, arranging & recording strings for Maroon 5, and appearing on records with Cashmere Cat and Kehlani.
Peterson has worked on many Grammy nominated records, contributed to Telly award-winning advertising campaigns, and has more than 10 Platinum and Gold Records to his credits.
DALE PENNER: Engineer/Mixer
Dale’s first hit, while an engineer at the infamous Mushroom Studios, was a track on the Top Gun Soundtrack with Loverboy. Since then, countless projects have benefited from Penner’s production/mixing, including; Nickelback’s The State (Roadrunner) certified platinum in America and Canada scoring Two Billboard Top Ten Singles, (“Leader of Men” and “Breathe”). Dale received the “Producer of the Year” award at the WCMA’s for his work on Holly McNarland’s (Universal) platinum-selling “Stuff”.
Other Penner production credits include: The Matthew Good Band, Econoline Crush and Montreal’s Jonas (Certified Gold nominated for “Rock Album of the Year” at 2006 Juno Awards). In 2010 Dale was once again nominated as “Producer of the Year” for Western Canada. Artists Dale’s been fortunate enough to record are: Shawn Hook, David GoGo, Grimskunk, Sass Jordan, Long John Baldry, Joey Santiago (Pixies), Jamie Walters, KD Lang, Jimmy Barr (Portishead), Helix, Barney Bentall and Valdy.
XAVIER KEYZ: Vocalist/Performer
“From the start of my recording career and even in my earliest musical endeavors, I’ve always been about using music as a tool to promote love and togetherness,” says Xavier, a child of the 90s and 2000s whose fondest childhood memories are family barbecues listening to Chicago’s classic soul station V103, which played a steady flow of Earth, Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye, The Stylistics, The Isley Brothers and more contemporary old school influenced greats like Usher. “My takeaway from ‘Your Story is Mine’ is that we’re all in this together. Without love, we cannot advance forward. We are all part of each other’s story, whether we recognize it or not.
The session, which featured legendary former Kool & The Gang vocalist, songwriter and producer Sir Earl Toon, marked the first time that the prolific Xavier had tracked someone else’s song – and he found the experience fun and uplifting while pushing him vocally to places he never thought he could ascend to. Putting his own spin on King Cole’s hard hitting lyrics (“We’re living in times so outrageous/What did it say?/All signs say contagious”) and unifying vision (“We know love is all it takes”), the singer – once dubbed “The Love Doctor” by an insightful industry veteran – shares his core soul reality.
“The whole experience of recording the song was eye opening and gave me the confidence to know that this is what I am supposed to be doing with my life,” the singer says. “I’m the perfect example of someone that knows that if you believe in yourself and never allow your vision to be diminished by circumstances or the negativity of others, success will find you. I know I have what it takes to shine in a crowded field. It takes perseverance, of course, but this is where I belong.” Your Story Is Mine.
J. BUCK: Vocalist/Performer
Infusing jazz and blues with a funk groove singer-songwriter J. Buck spreads love and peace through his music. A native of blues capital, Memphis, TN he embodies the essence of old school soul and captivates audiences with his high notes and high-energy performances. This artist over the last 7 years has released three projects, successfully toured Europe, and has been featured in a number of magazines in addition to multiple radio and television interviews and performances.