Carole Pope is an agent provocateur pushing the boundaries of sexuality, sexual politics, and the status quo, making you think and dance at the same time Her work has been recognized with three Juno Awards, multiple independent music awards, a Genie Award. 4 gold, 1 platinum and 1 double platinum album. A film based on Pope’s autobiography Anti Diva pub by Random House is in development.
A deep south transplant to Los Angeles (by way of Alabama and Louisiana), Royd has been a force in the entertainment industry for 17 years. He has spent most of his time between Warner Bros. Studios and Walt Disney Studios doing music licensing and now concert licensing by day and composing, songwriting and producing by night. He has also composed for numerous TV and film projects in North America.
Bif Naked is an International Recording Artist, Poet, Actor and Writer. Her hits have topped national and Billboard charts. Her career has seen her headlining globally and performing on bills with Snoop Dogg, Billy Idol, Dido, Devin Townsend, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Chrissie Hynde, Foo Fighters, The Cult and more.
Bif has been featured in and on soundtracks for shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Moonlight, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven and Celebrity Deathmatch. She recorded a rendition of the Christmas classic, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" for MTV's Total Request Live CD MTV: TRL Christmas in 1999 and was also featured on the Ready to Rumble soundtrack with a cover of Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It." The song "Dawn," taken from Purge, was featured in the movie American Psycho 2, starring Mila Kunis and William Shatner.
Her acting includes, The L Word, The Tonight Show and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
She has won MuchMusic, Juno and West Coast Music Awards.
Cari Cole is a Celebrity Vocal Coach, Artist Development Expert + New Music Business Mentor. She has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business. Her client list includes Grammy winners, legendary rock stars, American Idol + The Voice finalists, and thousands of independent and emerging artists. With a passion for vocal health and 25+ years teaching technique for singers and recording artists in New York City, Cari is currently writing a book on vocal health for singers, actors, public speakers and entrepreneurs.
Almeta Speaks is known internationally as a writer, singer - blues, Jazz & gospel, composer, musicologist and lecturer on the subject of the history of black heritage and music, a subject she taught in North America and at L'École Polytechnique in France. Speaks, who runs her own production company specializing in educational material pertaining to black history (including Hymn To Freedom, a four-part documentary series about black history in Canada), splits her time between Toronto and France and recently produced and performed a one-woman show called "I Want A Little Sugar in My Bowl: Black Women in Song and History."
Merryn Johns is the Editor in Chief of America’s best-selling lesbian magazine, Curve. She was previously Editor in Chief of LOTL, Australia’s lesbian magazine, and LOTL International, the first digital magazine for lesbians worldwide. She was also the founding Editor in Chief of BOUND, the international lifestyle magazine for lesbians. A life-long music fan, Ms. Johns was a judge on Australia’s live music contest, Lesbian Idol. She can’t get through her day without music, live or otherwise.
Holly Near departed from an acting career in the early seventies to work full time as a singer/songwriter/producer. She was one of the first artists to create an independent record company, paving the way for what is now standard practice. Near is often cited as one of the "founders" of the Women's Music Movement making an influential contribution to the feminist cultural phenomenon. She has been active in the song movement known as "nueva canción" in Central and Latin America. Holly has an uncanny ability to integrate feminist, lesbian, anti-racist and global peace songs in to a highly entertaining show exhibiting a powerful voice, charming humor, and well crafted theatricality. This has lead to music awards as well as humanitarian acknowledgements such as being one of a thousand women for peace nominated as a group for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Jack E. Jett
Credited as the first openly gay talk show host in America, Jack E. Jett is an iconic entertainer whose accomplishments include Talent Agency Representative for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), international contract model for Tokyo, Japan’s Cinq Deux Un; press agent for the Go-Go’s and Belinda Carlisle and creator and star of such zany celebrity-driven comedy/interview/variety shows as The Jack E. Jett Show, On Q Live and The Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Jett moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21 and launched his show business career. He has worked as a U.S. Representative for Australia’s Prime Television network, as coordinator of CBS Television City’s comedy casting department and as a program developer for public access cable television. The Jack E. Jett Show, which premiered in Jett’s hometown of Dallas, became a cable access cult favorite in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Austin, Texas.
The Jack E. Jett Show later became one of the first programs on Canada’s Q Television Network, the first American television network catering to the LGBT Community.
The Queer Edge, which was an instant hit and became one of the network’s top programs, featured Jett’s quick wit and hilarious banter with weekly co-hosts including Charo, Kim Coles, Butch Patrick of The Munsters, Randy Jones of The Village People and comedian/singer/actor/writer Sandra Bernhard.
Jett currently resides in Dallas where he continues to work in radio, television and film.
This Juno award winner and BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Inductee has been an unflagging fixture in Canadian music since the early 70’s when was first heard in the quirky Pied Pumkin playing fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, flute & sax. Her defection to the Hometown Band and a high profile launch to national recognition led to her solo career as a singer songwriter. Her upcoming solo release is her 21st including her work with Pied Pumpkin, UHF, and her recent collaboration with Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor and the bluegrass band “The High Bar Gang”.
Over the years Shari’s career has included composing for film and television, songwriting education, theatre, TV hosting, public speaking, and producing the songwriter showcase series, Bluebird North, nationally and locally.
For the past 10 years Shari’s concerts and recordings have included her daughter, Julia Graff, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, on violin, mandolin, guitar, piano, accordion and vocals. Shari recorded her upcoming release with Julia, now in the Masters in Music in Sound Recording program at McGill, engineering and producing.
Madalyn Sklar is known as the fearless leader of GoGirlsMusic.com, a unique organization that focuses on advancing the careers of independent female musicians. Founded in early 1996, the organization works tirelessly to help artists through education, events and social media. Artists who become involved have the opportunity to perform, have their work reviewed, and get involved with a hardworking group of women who "get things done" in the music scene. Sklar produces high profile annual events such as the GoGirlsMusicFest, Invasion of the GoGirls during SXSW and Folk Alliance, and more. In the last 12 years she's spearheaded well over 150 benefit showcases for various organizations including the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, MusiCares, American Liver Foundation, Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation and more. She has spoken and moderated music business and social media panels and workshops at 2NMC, 8x10 Music Conference, Dewey Beach Music Conference, Dfest, DIY Convention, Folk Alliance, Hyperactive Music Festival, Invasion of the GoGirls during SXSW, MTEC, Millennium Music Conference, NARIP, NEMO, NERFA, PLAY:stl, Rockrgrl, SongU, South Park Music Festival and SXSW. She has been named one of 10 Powerful Women in Music by Curve magazine and one of the 15 People You Should Know In the Biz by Indie-Music.com. Earlier this year Sklar was ranked as the #2 Social Media Power Influencer in Houston, TX. She served on the NARIP (National Association of Record Industry Professionals) Houston Board and was voted #2 in NARIP's Best in the Biz for Best New Media/Social Media Executive. She served as a judge for the Outmusic Awards from 2003-2005. Sklar is also a music business coach & consultant, blogger, podcaster and social media expert. She has spent over 17 years working with a wide range of independent musicians, helping them get focused and energized. Her goal is to help indie artists achieve greater success in the music business by working smarter not harder.
Andreas Schuld is one of the most-recorded guitarists in Canada.
He has performed on hundreds of albums by artists ranging from Grammy winners Raffi and Long John Baldry to Juno winners/nominees Susan Crowe, Bill Bourne, Kenny Wayne, Hans Stamer, Farmer's Daughter, One Horse Blue, and many others.
In addition, he can be heard on many TV shows and movie soundtracks [i.e. "Anna & Christina's Grocery Bags", "Being Ian, “Ice Pilots”, "Firewall", "Dragon Boys”, “Hail Mary”) and countless commercials (Future Shop, London Drugs, Kawasaki, Best Buy, Yamaha, Safeway, etc.].
He has composed music for numerous TV Shows such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “Pawn Stars”, “Anthony Bourdain”, “Frontline”, “National Geographic”, and others.
Andreas is also an award –winning producer and songwriter, and is head of the acclaimed Canadian roots record label brouhaha records”.
Joani has has sung on thousands of film scores, commercials and recordings…..working with a variety of luminaries from Bryan Adams and Stevie Wonder to James Galway, David Foster, Cannonball Adderley, and Miles Davis. Joani has flown worldwide to bewitch audiences in concerts and festivals. She has won nominations and awards for her work in both the U.S. and Canada. She has had a hit single and recorded five albums, not including the compilations she has been featured on. Joani is releasing her explosive sixth product featuring her own profound and prolific writing, as well as her brilliant vocal performances.
A prolific writer and vocal arranger, Joani has embraced the art of teaching. An acknowledged jazz master, she has taught classes for singers, musicians and television performers. For Joani, jazz is a vehicle for communicating, and her students have studied in the classroom of her experience, “I teach them to make sure there’s a lot of space for the audience to be part of the song, to really feel the music. Jazz can’t be too serious either – I show them how to use humour to develop intimacy with the audience.”
Sue Barrett is a freelance music writer, who lives in Australia. Her work has been published by various magazines/websites, including. Trad and Now, Rhythms, The Cornstalk Gazette, Femmusic, JAM and FolkBlog. Among the performer she has interviewed are: Janis Ian, Gaye Adegbalola, Jon Arterton (The Flirtations), Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Judy Small, Toshi Reagon, Peggy Seeger, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Cris Williamson and A.O. (the lost bois). She has also written about female record producers/sound engineers (“Revelation in the Studio”); performers and their music festival experiences (“Not Just a Stage”); songs about the impact of war (“When Will It End?”); musicians on tour (“Late Nights, Long Distances and Roadside Toilets”); busking (“Playing for the Rent”); and music in film and television (“As the Credits Roll”). In 2007, dykediva.com published Sue’s article, “Out There, Every Day: Singing of the Lives of Lesbians, Dykes, Queers, Gay Women...”, which included separate interviews with Bernie Bankrupt (Lesbians on Ecstasy), Ripley Caine, Madeline Davis, God-des (God-des and She), Ferron, Nedra Johnson, June Millington (Fanny), Gretchen Phillips (Two Nice Girls ) and Skim.
Charlotte Robinson, Emmy Award Winning, Producer/Director created OUTTAKE MEDIA™ as a news alternative. Charlotte began her career in Boston at WGBH-TV and then joined the staff of WCVB-TV, where she served for four years. She acquired a position with ABC- NY and then accepted a staff position with CBS Inc. During her five years at CBS, her credits included CBS News with Dan Rather as well as post-production director for network news and daytime promos.
Charlotte then joined CBS Sports, where she earned the Emmy Award for her accomplishments on NFL-Today. While at CBS Sports she became an established music producer for NFL-Today and the U.S. Open. Since leaving CBS Inc., her corporate clients include: ABC News, Time Warner, Dupont, Sony, Condé Nast Publications as well as numerous music videos for MTV.
Charlotte has served as a Blue Ribbon Panelist for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences News and Documentary and Daytime Emmy Awards. Her professional contribution to the process in choosing the best in News and Documentaries has been in Background News Analysis and best in Daytime in the Outstanding Talk Show category.
In addition, Charlotte also acted as a Strategic Partner for the DNC, HRC, NARAL and Greenpeace. Her expertise has assisted these organizations in raising millions of dollars for lobbying in Washington D. C. Currently, Charlotte
hosts the syndicated audio interview series OUTTAKE VOICES™ that is available on Google News, iTunes, Podbean and Mediafly, addressing LGBT Civil Rights issues. She produced and directed the acclaimed short OUTTAKE™ that is being developed into a feature film. She is also a contributor for the Huffington Post and Gay.com.
Sales manager of Goldenrod Music, started in 1975 as a women's music distribution company, selling cds by artists like Holly Near, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Cris Williamson, Linda Tillery, Margie Adam and many many more. In addition to retail representation for Sweet Honey in the Rock, Goldenrod Music also sells at festivals and events and is looking forward to new projects in the years to come.
JD Doyle is the producer of the monthly radio show Queer Music Heritage, heard as a part of Queer Voices on Houston's KPFT-FM. QMH takes a music history/entertainment documentary approach to the sharing and preserving of our culture's music, and is supported by a huge website, where all past shows are archived for streaming, along with hundreds of pages of artist photos, album covers and miscellaneous. JD is a self-confessed fanatic collector of gay & lesbian music and likely has the largest private collection in the world. From 2001 through 2010, he was also co-producer of Audiofile, the monthly radio review of CDs of interest to the GLBT communities, which aired on This Way Out on over 200 stations around the world. And in January of 2010 he founded the show OutRadio, as an outlet to give exposure to mostly new GLBT recordings.
Faye Reid was the bass guitarist of The Fair Sect which was New Zealand's first successful all-female pop group originating in Auckland in 1965. Their song "I Love How You Love Me" reached number 13 on the New Zealand charts in December 1967.They moved to Australia in 1970 appearing regularly at festivals and on television.
She was also the Bass Guitarist of the band Daughters of Zeus who toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and Africa.
In the 80’s Faye was Bass Guitarist for the popular Australian band, The Party Girls. The Party Girls had a chart topping album, appeared at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Oz for Africa, & on many T.V. shows. The Party Girls supported international acts such as Meat Loaf, The Sweet and Suzi Quatro, as well as Simple Minds and The Eurythmics.
Also in the 1980’s she worked for Electro Voice Australia where she designed a hugely popular sound reinforcement speaker which proved to be one of the most successful products used by bass guitarists in Australia. EV subsequently named the FR-15 bin after her.
Faye is the Managing Director of Pink Productions Australia, a sound engineering and lighting equipment business. Pink Productions was the first women owned and operated sound reinforcement company in Australia. They provide sound and lighting for the many tours including Del Shannon, Divine Miss N Show and the Party Girls. Faye was also the Bass Guitarist on these tours.
Faye has owned and operated 3 lesbian hotels in Sydney and is an avid supporter of live music. She has organized Gay Mardi Gras events for women and had floats in the parade.
Music has long been an important part of Howard's life. It was always around, from his mother's listening to Frank Sinatra and Julie London, to his sister's love of Motown and Blood, Sweat & Tears, to his own preoccupation as a teenager purchasing the music of Barbra Streisand and Karen Carpenter. In college he worked for a time at the campus radio station, which helped to broaden the spectrum of music in his collection. And catching live concerts by Leon Redbone, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Howard Jones, Billy Bragg, The Cure, and the Communards kept feeding the habit.
Part of his time in New York City was spent working for several multimedia companies, on projects as varied as live stage productions, videos, and theatrical sound design. After writing for a few niche magazines, Howard returned to his love of music with his blog 'Soundtrack to my Day', where he writes about the music he loves, from both today and yesterday. It also features some of the great LGBT music he can find. The blog claimed the 2010 Bloggie Award for Best Weblog About Music. And Howard is thrilled to be helping out with the RightOutTV Awards
Craig wears more hats in the music business than director Ron Howard wears to cover his bald pate. They are, in no particular order: Producer, Songwriter, Recording Engineer, Singer, Keyboardist, Film Composer, Educator, Arranger, Guitarist, Programmer, Mixer/ReMixer, Video Director, and Sound Designer. Craig has had the honour of working for or with artists such as Bryan Adams, Micheal Jackson, Tom Jones, David Foster, Aaron Pritchett, John Mayer, Amanda Stott, Lisa Brokop, Rita McNeil, and Sarah McLaughlin. Craig, with his band AGENT, was the first Canadian act signed to Virgin Records. Craig's music has appeared in many feature films including "Cold Front" (Martin Sheen), "Deluxe Combo Platter" (Dave Thomas, Jennifer Tilly), "Ill Fated," "The Falling," and Television shows such as CSI (Lots of networks), "The Young and the Restless," "Beautiful People"(ABC Network), "Dawson's Creek" (WB Network), "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS Network), "Party of Five", "Strong Medicine" (HBO), "Spirit of the Game" (CBC Network), "Youth Achievement Awards" (YTV Network) "West Coast Music Awards" (CBC Network), "Sea Hunt" and "The Surreal Gourmet". Craig has worked in major studios in Vancouver, Toronto, Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York. Craig owns a nice recording studio where nice people come and have a nice time making music with him.
A vocal supporter of and long time favorite in the international queer community, Kim’s powerhouse voice and trademark witty banter has “packed the room” at many events all across North America including the Chicago Gay Games, Vancouver’s Outgames and Gay Whistler Ski Week. If you visit Puerto Vallarta you’ve may have heard her perform at The Palm or Club Manana having entertained there for several winters now.
She has performed at countless Pride events in locations such as Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland and Las Vegas to name but a few. Kuzma’s stage shows are guaranteed to get crowds on their feet, singing along to many of the community’s favourite anthems in true DIVA fashion, along with her own original material. Kim’s shows never disappoint, which is why she continues to gain legions of LGTB fans to her already substantial fan base. Not to mention the thousands of people she's performed to, joining the infamous gay RSVP Cruises based out of the States!
She has performed alongside some of the best, including Jennifer Holliday, Frenchie Davis, Martha Wash, Thelma Houston, Janice Robinson, Lea DeLaria, Sandra Bernhard, Alan Cummings easily holding her own with her big voice, extensive vocal range and style.
"Kim Kuzma has a four octave range, but beyond that she is a funny, sassy, smart, and sexy entertainer... with a heart of gold to boot! You can't help but fall in love with Kim as her talent and warmth lift your spirit. Did I mention the four octave range? Bottom line: Bitch can sing!" - Coco Peru
“An absolute hit with the audience”, and encouraged his readers to, “Keep an eye on this name!”
The late Mister Marcus, writer/ Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco, CA)
“Kim is one of those rare people who seems’ to have been born for the stage. She brings to it a terrific energy, a great voice and a real respect and affection for the audience." Dugg Simpson/International Vancouver Folk Festival
“An absolute hit with the audience”, and encouraged his readers to, “Keep an eye on this name!”
The late Mister Marcus, writer/ Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco, CA)
Tom Edmondson is the former executive producer of "The Tenth Voice" a LGBT radio show that has been on the airwaves of Kansas Cities 90.1FM KKFI for 24 years. The Tenth Voice is a show of various LGBT topics, guests and issues in the community. Tom aired a special show every month and interviewed lesbian, gay and transgender music artists and gave them a voice and put their music into the ears of the 90.1FM audience because the other radio stations up and down the dial wouldn't air these amazing artists because they are LGBT. A few years ago it was hard to locate totally out artists but the doors opened and Tom would research LGBT music artist websites for hours and make his choices for his show. The interviews not only revealed the talent of these artists but their amazing coming out and life stories. Tom is a musicholic and can't get enough of it and his MP3 player is packed with various genres and getting more added every day. Tom has been asked to do a totally LGBT music radio show at 90.1FM to continue this service to the community so stay tuned! 90.1FM KKFI is an eclectic community radio station with three hours of LGBT programming every Saturday in Kansas City and Tom is a member of board of directors.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Edie Stull left the City of Brotherly love to follow sisterly love to Central Florida. She has spent many years writing about aerospace to pay the bills and freelance writing, editing and photography to fulfill her creative passions. She has been a newspaper and magazine editor and currently writes on LGBT issues, events and people for a number of publications and web sites. She also produces an LGBT site on Examiner.com.
Producer, Director and Live Event Manager Terry Costa has produced, directed and presented hundreds of events including music, theatre, dance, and multi-disciplinary works across Canada and abroad. From independent "whole in the wall" performance spaces to large state-of-the-art theatres and concert halls including Living Arts Centre’s Hammerson Hall, Vogue Theatre, River Rock Casino Show Theatre, and beyond, Costa's work has made a mark in many corners of the world. Multidisciplinary spectacle shows created include An Evening of Fado (2005); Latin Vox (2007); and, Circus Musicale (2009); also, he created the very successful live event, turned television show, Gay Top Model that premiered in early 2008 and spearheaded a series of spectacles based on competitions in Vancouver's gay community including Go Go Boy Star, Mr Gay Canada, Mr. Gay World and Hot Gay DJ.
Costa worked as a freelance producer and correspondent for Rogers/RTPi and the show Canada Contacto from 2005-2010; he was the consultant and story-developer for Mosaico TV (2006-2007) and was on the Western Canada team for Canadian Idol (CTV/Insight) from 2003 to 2008. Other work includes television specials Anne Murray Duets, Gemini Awards and Ontario Live.
Rob Haynes was the Vice President, Arts & Antiques, North America for dmg world media.
Rob started as a performer on Stage and Television which lead to producing special events and spectaculars for the Olympics; World Expo - Yokohama, Japan; Consumer Shows in London, England and World Meet involving over 76 countries. He founded one of the first talent and theatrical agencies in Western Canada which has given him a reputation for firm but fair amicable negotiations.
Presently he serves as Chair, Vancouver Civic Theatres Board, and President of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. His has also been the Chair, Grants Board, Palm Beach Cultural Council; Executive, Palm Beach Cultural Council; Vice Chair, Professional Show Managers Association (NYC) and Vice Chair, West, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
Len Rogers has been a political/social activist since he was fifteen years old. Art was always a huge part of Lens life. His mother was an avid music fan. His eldest sister an accomplished painter. Another sister accomplished in sewing and crochet. It was always music first, then maybe television in his childhood home.
A bit of a career chameleon, Lens work as a make-up artist involved him in several film projects and even more opportunity in the world of glamour. This bringing him to his own show in the French Quarter at Heartbreak Café, three nights a week, for a little over two years. Following was a another two plus years as Entertainment Director at a Central Florida club, The Connection.
The stage led Len to a bigger stage, the Internet. Where Len founded a marketing/social activism experiment called StoneWall Society in 1999. Going on thirteen years later Len and the StoneWall Society have brought about Rainbow World Radio, Pride In The Arts Awards/Festivals, GLBT Hall Of Fame, and since 2001 OutVoice GLBT Charts. StoneWall Society today maintains the largest internet directory of GLBT Artists.
Charlotte Mauricio has played many roles in her 20+ year career in the music industry. Her path started as a musician/singer/songwriter growing up in Richmond, BC. She went on to graduate from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology. Her passion for music merely grew from there, with more interest developing on the business end. She got her first break getting hired at BMG Music working in branch administration. From there she joined A&M/Island/Motown and Polygram Records as a Sales/Customer Service Representative. After her years there, she moved on and is still currently with Warner Music Canada in Promotions & Marketing. With her experience, she has been lucky enough to work with some international superstars such as Michael Buble, Metallica, Jason Mraz, Green Day, Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers just to name a few. The industry has definitely changed in the last decade, but the talent is still out there ready to be discovered.
During his thirty years as a pop music vocal coach, Jan Cooper has worked with both Grammy and Juno award winners. Cooper has spent more than two decades promoting artists at the Midem Music Trade Show in Cannes, France and five years promoting artists at the Popkomm Music Trade show in Berlin. He also has served as a judge for children’s music festivals around the world.
Cooper sang with his own band, called Popular Demand, for 18 years and taught theatre for 9 years in Canada’s public school system. He is a businesswman and entrepreneur, having recently launched his own publishing company, Jan Cooper Publishing, along with his own record label, Pump Records.
Carol Fischer has been the producer of bloomingOUT, a weekly radio/podcast queer radio show from the WFHB radio station in Bloomington Indiana for eight years. bloomingOUT airs from Bloomington, Indiana every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 pm EST on WFHB Community Radio but you can hear it anytime via our podcast, heard around the world and available via live-streaming, podcast or download anytime. For one hour each week bloomingOUT gives you the latest updates in local, national and international news, a calendar of local and statewide events, interviews with community leaders, politicians, academics, students, celebrities,entertainers from around the world and just everyday folks as well. Listen to our featured artist of the week - queer artists from all over the country share their best and latest songs with you the listener. You never know who might just stop by our studio with some exciting news to share and we play great music from queer performers from around the world!
Linda Andersson is an award-winning screenwriter, who has written and directed several short films including the comedies, “When The Time’s Right” and “The 6 Month Rule”, which screened at film festivals around the world.
Linda recently directed and produced a literary work written by Emmy Award-winning writer, Joseph Dougherty (30-Something, Judging Amy, Pretty Little Liars) starring Deborah Stewart, Ralph Guzzo and Daniela Di Mase.
In 2013, Linda's feature film, "Triple Crossed" was produced by Babaloo Studios and will be released this year. Her current projects include, the animated feature: THE GRID.
Former Host and Producer of the internet radio show Pride Showcase (showcasing music from the GLBT music community) (2005 - 2012). Presently editor of the Pride Showcase blog.
Rona Goodman is the CEO of Goodman Media Inc. and has an extensive background in the entertainment industry as a marketing and advertising executive, publicist, event manager, record company executive (BMG & MCA Records) professional songwriter and musician. Rona has worked with entertainers in many genres of music, performing arts, comedy and stage. Some of the artists include: Tony Bennett, Tim McGraw, Heart, Martina McBride, Smokey Robinson, Pat Benatar, Chicago, Liza Minnelli, INXS, Joan Rivers, Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, John Fogerty, Harlem Globetrotters and more.
Trigger is the principal of Girlgig Productions and a well respected music promoter based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a strong supporter of Independent artists, has over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry working with artists in the Folk/Alternative/Acoustic/Rock/Roots/Singer Songwriter genres and top comedians. Entertainers include: Melissa Ferrick, Toshi Reagon, Mia Dyson, Margaret Cho, Doria Roberts, Lyndell Montgomery, Elvira Kurt, The Wailin’ Jennys, Carol Pope, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Judy Carter, Mimi Gonzalez, Lea DeLaria and more.
Unashamed Faith Cafe (UFC) features the best in Spiritual and gifted artists from around the world who have united together in faith, hope and love.
Unashamed Faith Cafe has been featured on GayGuitaristWorldwide.com, received a nomination for the 2010 "Mojo Award" from Pride in the Arts (StoneWallSociety.com), and the 2009 "Best Radio Show" nomination by Q's in the Biz.
The host and creative founder of Unashamed Faith Cafe (UFC) is Arizzona. Her vision for UFC is to establish a viable promotional tool for GLBT Spiritual artists that allows them to broaden their outreach, and that through UFC, a universal message of acceptance, understanding, and respect is heard.
A special feature for the independent artist on UFC is the concert and events playlist calendar. To encourage participation, UFC offers song play and rotation, concert and event promotion, and interviews. The more information you share with UFC, the more UFC shares about you!
Of course, as a Spiritually based program, Unashamed Faith Cafe's intention is to inspire others, and to give artists the opportunity to share their inspiration.
To contact Unashamed Faith Cafe (UFC) visit:
Pat Hogan is the producer, schemer and dreamer of Sounds & Furies' events for women and the LGBT community.
Since 1990, Pat has worked with artists such as Ferron, Heather Bishop, Cris Williamson, Ellen McIlwaine and many other known and lesser known performers, including young and upcoming artists. Her Sounds and Furies comedy shows have highlighted the very funny talents of Elvira Kurt, Kate Clinton, Suzanne Westenhoefer and more.
Serving on Team Vancouver's Board for 7 years, she was their delegate to the Federation of Gay Games, plus a 4-year term on Vancouver Pride Board in the early 1990's. Most recently Pat has been a Board member with the 2011 North America Outgames in Vancouver. Pat has been a competitor in Dancesport at the Gay Games in Amsterdam and Sydney, Australia as well as the Outgames in Montreal. In Vancouver, she coordinates dance classes for the LGBT community, taught by professional dance instructors. Pat also initiated and co-organized Vancouver's first Same-Sex Dance Competition in 2007 and created a similar event for the Vancouver 2011 Outgames. Pat is on Vancouver and Canada's 1st and only lesbian Dragonboat Team, Sisters in Sync.
Helen Harrell is a long-time activist for social justice. She is a former clinical therapist, pre-school teacher, construction worker, union organizer, and co-founder of Bloomington, IN chapter of Pride at Work. She is co-founder and former President of Spencer IN PFLAG chapter, co-founder of Spencer Pride and is a workshop presenter, free lance writer, columnist and lecturer. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and was working toward a PhD when she left to live the communal life for a few years. Upon returning to ‘civilization’ she became an employee of Indiana University, working at various levels of Administrative and Fiscal Management first in the political science and then speech communication departments and is currently affiliated with the African Studies Program. She was the advisor for the undergraduate LGBT student group OUT for 17 years, and served as co-advisor for the American Indian Undergraduate and Native American Graduate Student groups. She has been a member of the Advisory Board for the GLBT Student Support Services Office at IUB since its inception. She served as co-chair of the Community Friends and Resource Network with the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center and served a term as treasurer of the Bloomington Black Business and Professional Association. She is also last, but not least a mother and grandmother who considers herself to be most fortunate to have the opportunity in assisting WFHB and the bloomingOUT staff with the challenge of educating and illuminating the public in regard to LGBT issues. Her goal is and has always been to eliminate discrimination in any form and to help create a truly just society and world. Her efforts have been recognized by the City of Bloomington as recipient of the 2009 Bloomington Human Rights Commission Award and by WFHB as recipient of their 2010-11 Legacy Award.
Academic, published poet, songwriter and radio DJ, Anita Gibbons hosts the radio program “Women on Waves” in Melbourne Australia. Women on Waves is dedicated to furthering ‘women’s music’ and first came to life on JOY FM back in December 1993. Anita began presenting the show from the beginning of 1995 making it the longest running show of its kind in Australia. Numerous talented ‘soul-sisters’ have guided it over the years to leave its imprint on musical style as diverse as Country, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Dance, Techno, and even Reggae. The majority of the singer / songwriters working within this idiom have chosen to remain true to its roots in giving us music that speaks of the lives of women in positive and empowering ways! The program essentially consists of presenting music and information on key “Out & Proud” female performers within some specialist segments and the unique “Comedy Shot”. During Anita's time at JOY, she has received many accolades and registered a number of personal highlights; including an inaugural "Ollie" award, two years as an elected member of the stations Committee of Management whilst seeking the stations full-time broadcasting licence, two years experience as a specialist judge for the OutMusic Awards in the U.S., and conducted numerous interviews with both local and international performers. In addition, she promotes national tours for visiting international artists.
President and Director of Licensing of Nashville based publishing company, Mountain Row Music (formerly known as Shadow Mountain Publishing). A few of the publishing company’s accomplishments include a 2013 Oscar contending song for “Best Original Song” in a movie, a Sony PIctures release featuring platinum award winning producers from the movie “Twilight”, songs featured on Emmy award winning soap opera Venice the Series, Showtime, VH1, Access Hollywood, TVO, Sun TV, Rock Bank Network, a 2011 release on Nashville label Cupit Records, and a joint publishing venture with Platinum Pen Publishing in Nashville, TN.
Out of the publishing company, the song “Voodoo” written by Nashville songwriters CJ Watson & Bruce Michael Miller received a 2013 Oscar Contender “nod” on December 23, 2012.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released their Press Release which named the song "Voodoo" as an Official "Contender" for an Academy Award (OSCAR ), for Best Original Song in a Movie. The Song "Voodoo" was subsequently listed in the Top 26 by The Hollywood Wrap., as an "Oscar Hopeful" for the 2/28/2013 Academy Awards Ceremony.
Sony Pictures major release of “The Dancing Ninja’ (written by award winning producers of “OAR” soundtrack for Twilight, the movie).
Halloween Party, the movie : music supervisor and album producer position with an LA producer & filmmaker, Linda Palmer. Seven (7) songs were specifically scored for the film, 24 songs were licensed and featured in the indie-movie Halloween Party . The “Soundtrack” released from the movie Halloween Party won “ Best Soundtrack” at the Laughlin International Film Festival, 2012.
Exclusive Joint-venture deal with Platinum Pen Publishing, LLC ., (Nashville publisher with a catalog that includes cuts with The Wreckers, Lady A, Kenny Rogers, Restless Heart, SheDaisy and Little Big Town). Writers include: CJ Watson, Kat Korac, David Rivers, and herself, Donna Britton.
Showtime’s “L” Word
VH1”s House of Consignment
Access Hollywood , Fifteen (15) songs featured through her co-publishing deal with Hollywood Trax ).
Twelve ( 12) Songs Released on the video game game, Rock Band Network - "If Trucks Drank Beer ", CJ Watson of Error 404, was rated by G4TV as one of the Top 5 Songs to download.
Seven (7) songs on the Emmy Award Winning Soap Opera, Venice, the Series (featuring songs from Dani Carroll, NY Summer, Matthew Shell, and Joanna Jacobsen).
Theme song for the webseries, Sun TV, Green Heroes featuring David Suzuki & Jane Goodall, ( TVO , the Canadian equivalent of HBO).
May, 2011: Single Release of "Where the Money Goes" with Nashville Record Label, Cupit Records , with artist, Dave Russell, released to radio: August, 2011.
Donna is also the President of a newly formed non-profit called Team Green World. www.teamgreenworld.org writing, producing & performing Music that Matters with her talented group of artists based in Nashville.
Team Green World’s Mission? To provide education through fun & inviting musical messages in environmental issues, science, and interpersonal relationships. TGW's worldwide mission focuses on building community to "live" their walk to be happy, healthy, human beings. The premiere of their “world-tour” road show was Earth Day, April 20, 2013, with the music video release of Nashville artist Genesis Green’s song “Mother”, filmed by Nashville filmmakers Candice Bonner and David Mitchell.
CHARITY & VOLUNTEER : Donna has been a composer for the Songs of Love Foundation and also serves on the Advisory Board for the Company. She has written 140 songs for ailing children since she has started her volunteer work with them. Inline image 1
Lisa Lambert has long been one of North America's most sought after drummers and has toured globally over the last 20 years. Through the chart topping music of Sue Medley, the driving Texas boogie of The Vaqueros, acoustic world beat of The Hightops and the urban blues of Tim Hearsey, versatility has been Lisa's signature. Her understanding spirit and the depth of her drumming are the vital forces behind her exceptional talent. She is also the owner of Off Main Music School.