• Bruce Brown

    Bruce Brown is a guitarist and singer/ songwriter based in Nashville, TN. He has just completed his first CD Off the Edge, an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz instrumentals with very strong melodic content and funky grooves, along with an equal amount of radio-friendly vocal tunes.

    Bruce is probably best known for his twenty-one year stint as a member of the Charlie Daniels Band. During that time he has recorded over twenty CDB albums – offering up his talents as a guitarist, songwriter and singer – plus doing television appearances, music videos and countless live shows all over the world, including three trips to Iraq to entertain troops.

    He has also had success as a songwriter outside the CDB scoring cuts with artists Mel McDaniel and Travis Tritt. Tritt has co written and recorded three of Bruce’s songs, one being the number one smash hit “Tell Me I Was Dreaming” which received the prestigious BMI million plays award. The video for the song peaked at number one on CMT’s Top Twelve Countdown and stayed there for three straight weeks.

    Born 1955 in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Bruce was an infant when his parents moved back to their home state of Illinois. He claims West Frankfort, Illinois as his hometown. He credits seeing the The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show as the inspiration for wanting to play the guitar. A few years later he got his first guitar for Christmas.

    At 14 years old, Bruce started playing in bands covering the hits of the late sixties and seventies. Learning to play and sing so many great songs from the era of AM radio was a priceless education that honed his skills as a player, singer and songwriter. Players like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Carlos Santana led him to the blues of BB King, and from there to Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel, and other jazz greats, including Billie Holiday.

    After extensive travelling playing the club scene, Bruce settled in Nashville, TN in 1980. There he landed jobs as a sideman for artists Tommy Cash, Margo Smith, Rex Allen Junior and Gail Davies. He was bandleader for country music star Mel McDaniel for six years, appearing on television shows, recordings and several music videos with him. All the while Bruce was playing and singing on sessions and writing and demoing his own songs.

    In 1989 he was invited to audition for the Charlie Daniels Band. He got the gig and immediately started recording the Simple Man album. The album reached number two on the Billboard Magazine charts, propelled by the hit single of the same name, which featured Bruce’s swampy delta slide lick as a recurring hook throughout the song. He revisited that style when Bruce was asked to play a slide version of the song “Dixie” for the 2001 Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute film Freebird: The Movie.

    Bruce continues to record and do nearly a hundred shows a year with the CDB, while also doing gigs in Nashville performing his original material. He is currently writing and doing pre-production for his follow up CD to his new release Off the Edge.

  • Barry French

    Barry French is a composer and songwriter with over a thousand placements in the world of film and television. His sound can best be described as a steel cage match between Sevendust, Coldplay and the Foo Fighters with Joe Satriani as the referee. Some of his credits include It's A Brad, Brad World (main title theme), In The Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman (main title theme), Duck Dynasty, Access Hollywood, Dr. Oz, Oprah, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Bad Girls Club, and Teen Mom to name a few.

  • Jarno Huhtanen

    Jarno Huhtanen is a composer based in Vaasa, Finland. He writes and produces music in a wide variety of styles, from urban to orchestral. So far, Jarno's music has appeared in TV shows – with numerous placements on Discovery, MTV, VH1, TLC, Style, Lifetime, Travel Channel, History, Telemundo, Weather, Sundance, Raycom, ID, Syfy, CNN, Bravo, and others – as well as a national tv advertising campaign and a feature film.

  • Rick Krusky

    Rick Krusky is a composer and producer of contemporary music. His music has recently aired on such television shows as NBC’s Access Hollywood, E!’s Daily 10, and VH1’s Mob Wives. With over twenty years of extensive experience in the fields of writing and recording, Rick has acquired the insight and aesthetic sensibilities essential to creating film- and television-friendly music.

    Born in Calgary, Canada, Rick’s artistic interests remained relatively dormant until the age of 15 when he one day picked up a guitar. At age 16, enrolled in his first professional recording-engineer course. At 21 he migrated to Los Angeles where he attended The Musician Institute of Technology and immersed himself in the then-teeming Sunset Strip scene. And shortly after joining the ranks of Jettison Eddy, Grammy Award-winner Keith Olsen produced the band’s debut album. Applause and a tour ensued, but before long, the group disbanded.

    The advent of the digital age and its enormous influence on the audio world caught Rick’s ear and prompted an all-out assault of the subject.

    Rick currently spends his time writing and recording in his Los Angeles-based studio.

  • Mark J. Smith

    Primarily a guitarist, Mark also plays mandolin, bass guitar, ukulele, banjo, keyboards, and percussion. He started playing music at an early age, and has toured and performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He has performed or recorded with artists on Warner Bros., Geffen, RCA, BMG, Hollywood Records, and Discovery Records.

    Mark has written and collaborated on hundreds of songs scoring placements on MTV's Real World, Earthlings (featuring Joaquin Phoenix), Let's Make A Deal, Auction Kings, Ludo Bites, Doomsday Preppers, Bad Girls Club, Toddlers & Tiaras, Texas Women, I (Almost) Got Away With It, Off Limits, Blue Shield Commercial, Stik-It Commercial, Crawdaddy's Commercial, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Oxygen, Animal Planet, and Lifetime to name a few, and many corporate and industrial films. Writing mainly instrumental arrangements in many styles, Mark's primary focus is music for TV/Film/Games/and other media.

  • Roland Battistini

    Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Roland's music draws on local and international influences ranging from electric to electronic, traditional to cutting edge.

    Scouted at the age of seven, Roland attended St. Michael's Choir School where,
    for ten years, he received extensive daily training in choral and instrumental music ranging from Gregorian Chant to modern compositions, and performed regularly at Massey Hall and venues throughout North America. He also studied piano, composition, and music history with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

    Involvement in a number of bands as a singer, bass guitarist, guitarist, synth player, and programmer gave Roland the chance to learn from a number of talented engineers and producers.

    His acceptance into the University of Toronto's Drama Programme, for both acting and production, gave Roland the opportunity to study the use of music and sound in theatre and film, along with valuable experience contributing music to various stage projects.

    Roland has continued along this path, composing for television, film, advertising, and video games, with tracks ranging from medieval choral to indie rock to electronic dance music. His music can be heard at rolandbattistini.tv

  • Georgina St George

    Classically trained pianist and orchestrator, Georgina excels at writing magical, whimsical, comedy, horror and deep drama. Some TV shows include Access Hollywood, Say Yes To The Dress, Toddlers & Tiaras, Cheer Perfection, My Big Redneck Vacation, Candy Queen, Texas Women, Una Maid en Manhattan, and Rosa Diamante.

    Georgina's music has been used for an NBC Sizzle Reel, a TV game show in the AEU, a TV Theme tune in Spain, and a commercial for Disney's jewelry. Motion picture credits include I'm With Lucy starring Monica Potter, and several indie films including Playground of Dreams (Golden Gate Artist Films).

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