Music

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Megan Swan

Type of Membership: 
FOLA Arts Member
Contact Information
Title: 
Executive Director
Company: 
Young Musicians Performance Academy
Email: 
mswan@ympa.org
Member Bio

Megan Swan has had a varied and exciting career in the music industry.  A passionate leader in diverse music education, she is the Executive Director of the Young Musicians Performance Academy, the premier school of jazz in the South Bay, was the Director of Jazz Studies at Downey Middle School, and has taught trumpet and piano in the Los Angeles area since 2001.

Ms. Swan has enjoyed working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's Education, Production and Orchestra Management departments since 2003.  Her experience with the LA Philharmonic has included consulting on educational programming and producing major events such as Toyota’s Symphonies for Youth, the Kaper Awards, and hundreds of concerts at both the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.

Ms. Swan holds the Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Southern California where she studied with Boyde Hood (L.A. Philharmonic, film and television scores).  As a freelance trumpet player, she has played with artists such as Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, T-Pain, Barry Manilow, Bill Watrous, and in orchestras under John Williams, Buddy Baker, and H. Robert Reynolds. 

 
 
 
 

 

Art Member Profile
When did you start your arts career?: 
2001
Artist Catergory: 
Music

Manhattan Beach Jazz

Type of Membership: 
FOLA Arts Member
Contact Information
Member Bio
Art Member Profile
Artist Catergory: 
Music

Chad Carrier

Type of Membership: 
FOLA Arts Member
Contact Information
Title: 
Musician
Company: 
Lord Cash Pockets Records
Member Bio

BIG MESS BIO
 
 
Big Mess is a band of three guys from diverse backgrounds with a common punk heritage. They love mischief and know how to rock. If you like your music raw and uncensored Big Mess is the band for you. Hear them coming at you fast and furious and at full volume it’s Big Mess
Rex Bailey, (guitar and vocals) started his career with his father playing jazz and bebop then he formed Ambrosia and played with the late great Dave Travis. He is known to be one of the best guitar players in LA Rex Rocks the stage with his strait to your soul style. Now Rex has teamed up with an alumnus of the punk world, Chad.
Chad Carrier, (bass and vocals) started right in the thick of the punk scene and formed Easter one of the pioneers of the 80’s sound. With hits on KROQ, VH1 and MTV Chad lives his life large enjoying every moment. He then joined the intense and volatile all girl oops almost all girl band and Hollywood favorite Lovedog. With an album in Germany and touring of Europe and the west coast after being courted and not signed by the majors Lovedog disintegrated Followed by more local success with Black Eyed Susans and CC and the Jackpot Prize ready to start something fresh and without pretension Chad formed Big Mess. Of course no band is complete without a drummer.
Bernie Deal, (drums) while not technically a punk rock veteran, is by anybody’s definition a punk, so it all works out. Originally from Maryland, this is a guy who has done it all from rock, to metal, to funk. This is the chief reason the band is called Big Mess.
They are writing and performing some of the best rock songs you will hear anywhere. Be ready. Be prepared for Big Mess.
 
 
 
 
Contact, Chad Carrier
 
Email martinientertainment@msn.com
Web Site
Myspace.com/martinientertainment
Myspace.com/bigmess1
EMAIL
martinientertainment@msn.com
Phone 310 617-4093

Art Member Profile
When did you start your arts career?: 
From chidhood
Artist Catergory: 
Music

Russ Lesser

Type of Membership: 
FOLA Arts Member
Contact Information
Title: 
Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist
Company: 
Body Glove
Member Bio
Art Member Profile
Artist Catergory: 
Music

Shari Short

Type of Membership: 
FOLA Arts Member
Contact Information
Title: 
Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter
Member Bio

23year old Singer/Songwriter. Shari Short (former Miss Teen Idaho) moved from Idaho to L.A. four years ago, but before moving to the city of Angels Shari joined the band and opened around the world with 80..s Band ..AirSupply... Currently in L.A. Shari has been working with legendary songwriters and producers, Last year she had a song placed on Desperate Housewives Finale, and got her first cut on The ..Hannah Montana Soundtrack.. selling 4.0 million records so far.

Art Member Profile
Artist Catergory: 
Music

Justin Hopkins

Type of Membership: 
FOLA Arts Member
Contact Information
Member Bio

Influences: The band, The Police, Wille Nelson, jeff buckley, Bob Marley, Don Henley, The Boss, Bruce Hornesby, graham parsons, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Taleb Kweli, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Ramones, Ray Charles, definately Ray Charles. Van Morrison, Nick Drake, ok go for not giving a shat, Radiohead, South, Wayne, U2, Coheed and Cambria (I stole two notes from you, thanks) , Ben Folds, Counting Crows, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Clapton pre-rehab, Led Zeppilin, BEACH BOYS!, Peter Tosh, Oscar Peterson, Herbie, ACDC (for the unrelenting hits), John Scofield, all the great bands I've listened to over the last 20 years that have all sounded the same-love you too.

Art Member Profile
Artist Catergory: 
Music

Tom Callahan

Type of Membership: 
FOLA Board Member
Type of Membership: 
FOLA Supporter Member
Type of Membership: 
FOLA Volunteer Member
Contact Information
Title: 
FOLA Director, Live Music and Manhattan Beach Rotary Member, Friends of Local Arts Director, et al.
Company: 
Tom Callahan & Associates
Member Bio

Tom Callahan began his career in the music business in 1985 after 8 years as a professional musician.

Callahan has held executive positions with 3 labels from 1986-1992 including Enigma reocrds, I.R.S. Records and Virgin Records.

In 1992, he established Callahan & Associates, a promotion and marketing firm, where he helped launch such artists as Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes, Bonnie Raitt, Sixpence None the Richer, Goo Goo Dolls, Michael W. Smith, and many more over an eight-year period. Tom was co-founder of Laurel Canyon Entertainment and managed Donnie Kehr ("Tommy" on Broadway), Lisa Mordente (Chita Rivera's daughter), Natalie Archangel and Arnold McCuller.

He also founded Coyote Records, releasing a number of CDs distributed through Alliance Corporation. Coyote's successes include Arnold McCuller, John Waite, Thom Bishop, Fairchild, Suzy K. and the soundtrack to a CBS Movie-of the Week, "Attack of the Killer B Movies."

Callahan co-founded Boulder Entertainment Group (BEG) in 1995. The firm specialized in marketing, consulting, management, and of course radio promotion. Management clients included Phoebe Snow, Arnold McCuller, Suzy K., Paul Ventimiglia and Deborah Franco. Label clients included Capitol Records, Warner Brothers, Virgin Records, Curb Records, Columbia Records, American Gramaphone (Mannheim Steamroller), Sparrow Records, and many other independent labels. As a label consultant, Tom often implemented the placement of promotion and marketing staffs and oversaw entire marketing campaigns. While living in Boulder, Tom also sat on the Board Of Directors of nationally syndicated live radio show E-Town.

In 1997, Callahan negotiated the first ever independent promotion radio group deal, representing Citadel Communications. In 1998 and 1999 he was nominated for "Promotion Person of the Year" by Gavin Magazine.

In 1999 Callahan founded Vellum Entertainment in Los Angeles, where he served as President until the end of 2004. In 2000 R&R magazine nominated Vellum for "Adult Contemporary Label of the Year."

Callahan continues to operate his highly sought after music consulting company in addition to being the U.S. label managing partner for PAMA RECORDS/Universal in Sweden and ANDREW K ENTERTAINMENT/Warner Bros. in Russia.

 

Art Member Profile
Artist Catergory: 
Music

Singer Ruut

Type of Membership: 
FOLA Arts Member
Contact Information
Title: 
Singer/Songwriter/pianist
Member Bio

A product of a highly musical family and a southern gospel-influenced church, Ruut was destined to become a songwriter. At age seven, an old upright piano in their Helsinki apartment enraptured her and became the inspiration to countless songs.

In her early teens Tori Amos' "Under the Pink" album rang truest to this church-bred child of missionaries and musicians, and Ruut was also very influenced by classical, jazz, Broadway and 70's singer/songwriters. Into her 20's, Ruut searched relentlessly for a sound completely her own, toiling both along and with several renown producers and writers in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. Through a string of diverse projects, Ruut strengthened what was most unique about her - honest songwriting and an emotionally captivating performance that is sure to engage even the most sophisticated ears.

In 2008, EMI released her full-length debut in Finland and in 2009, JVC released it in Japan. Two years in a row her songs were validated in New York's Songwriters' Circle competition by reaching the top rounds. Ruut has appeared at The Hotel Cafe (LA) and The Bitter End (NY), and has toured widely across the US, appearing in other notable venues including: The Rams Head (Annapolis, MD), Night Cat (Easton, MD), World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA), The Living Room (NYC), Tosco Music Party (Charlotte, NC), The Whitaker Center (Harrisburg, PA), The Roxy, Viper Room, The Mint, Genghis Cohen (LA), Soho (Santa Barbara, CA) and Le Stats (San Diego, CA), among various others. Ruut has also opened concerts for notable acts, such as: Brett Dennen, Danielia Cotton, Derek Trucks Band, Delbert McClinton, Trevor Hall and Amber Rubarth.

Recently returning to the simplicity and originality of her unique "piano-girl" approach, Ruut wrote and recorded an album of deeply insightful songs, called "The Steinway Sessions" with the help of Hollywood's own expert and highly requested engineer, Frank Wolfe. This album is to be released later in 2010.

 

Art Member Profile
Artist Catergory: 
Music

Devin Norris

Type of Membership: 
FOLA Arts Member
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Contact Information
Title: 
The Manhattan Beach Jazz Quartet
Company: 
The Manhattan Beach Jazz Quartet
Member Bio

A group of High School Musicians who play jazz standards and Swing tunes. All members of the Mira Costa High School jazz band, in addition to a female vocalist. Devin Norris on the PIano, Matt Gafney on the saxophone, Julian Trivers on the Drums, J Tyler Johnson on Bass, and Kieran Lorenzan as vocalist. They Play various BeBop, Jazz and Swing tunes, in addition to their own personal compositions.

Art Member Profile
When did you start your arts career?: 
May 2008
Artist Catergory: 
Music

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