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Seyko Groves sent in two songs for review and Nancy will be taking both of them for further review! Congratulations to you Seyko! Learn more about Seyko below!

Seyko Groves currently resides in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. She deeply enjoys immersion in multiple genres of music. Seyko has been part of the rich music community of Kansas City, having a ten year run as a singer for a top Motown cover band and singing at local jazz, R&B, and country venues. Her life’s journey has taken her to wonderful places – from traveling Europe with a blues/rock band, ministering locally and outside of Missouri in a Christian hip-hop girl group, and to a few stints singing backup with the Jordanaires to Jerry Presley, covering his cousin, Elvis’s hits. She has also shared in rich communion with fellow musicians, through singing, with her worship team at Graceway Church, where she met her Voice Upon The Waters partner. Seyko is now in the midst of her biggest gig to date – being on the home team alongside her husband a four sweet children. Songwriting has been a long time coming, and Seyko can’t wait to share the life and love that God continues to bring her through.
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Blake Griffith is the next writer up. Can't wait to hear the songs he has sent over. Do you want to hear the songs, too? Sign up for our Listen Only feature. Hear what the publisher has to say and be in on the action without submitting a song for review. Sign up here: globalsongwriters.com/event/publisher-online-song-pitch-woody-bomar/

Michael Blake Griffith is a gifted singer songwriter determined to make writing his full-time career. At 27 years old, Blake finds inspiration in the eyes of his ten month old son, Hudson. Blake and his wife, Catie, reside in the same town in which he grew up, Grand Cane, LA, thirty miles south of Shreveport, and his lyrics are often influenced by his small town experiences. In his own words, “I AM country. I live on a farm, on a dirt road, in a small town with approximately 270 people. I feel like I have something to offer the songwriting community with the small town experiences I have lived.”

His musical sound is best described as a country rock fusion, as he was heavily influenced by the southern and classic rock he listened to growing up, specifically Rod Stewart, The Black Crowes, Tom Petty, Keith Urban, George Strait, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blake started playing guitar in his early teens and soon began to dapple in songwriting and home recording. He was fascinated by the process of getting the words and music from his own head into a format that he could share with others. He sings, plays guitar, and records all of his demos in his home studio.

Blake’s goal is to one day achieve a publishing deal, be a staff writer, and able to support his family through his songwriting. He has written with several hit writers, and is working with and learning from his longtime friend and mentor, Tom Douglas, best known for writing Miranda Lambert’s CMA Song Of The Year “House That Built Me,” and Lady Antebellum’s number one hit “I Run to You.”

Currently, he works with his father in a machine shop and participates in competition barbeque, his other passion, but the music is always playing in his head and at the end of the day he rushes home to record it. He is working to follow his dream in hopes that one day his son will have the confidence to do the same.
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Marty got some great feedback from Nancy and an invitation to send over one of his songs after some tweaking. Let's see what happens next!

Tom Flocco is the next writer up with three songs on the roster. Learn more about him below!

Tom Flocco was originally signed with Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing (now Capital CMG) by former Benson owner and later Belmont University Music School Dean Jim Van Hook, along with Benson Creative Director and former Word A&R Director and later Warner-Alliance CEO Neal Joseph. He went on to teach public school music in the Philadelphia suburbs and has been recently co-writing country songs currently being pitched via Nashville-player demos on Music Row.
While he plays keyboards, Tom has been more inclined toward lyrics--and has been expanding co-writes during the past year. He employs Google docs, Master Writer, Lyric Studio Pro, iPhone drum-loop apps and iPhone voice memo clips for co-writes.
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Marty Dolciamore is a POP Event veteran and has sent over two songs for tonight's event. Check out Marty's bio below and learn more about him.

Born in New York City and raised on Long Island, I’ve lived all over the U.S. From my beginnings playing clarinet in a jazz dance band in eighth grade (first place in competition) I went on to play guitar in a local rock band called the Bristols through my high school years. Enlisting in the Navy after graduation I was tapped to sing in the Naval Bluejacket Choir at Great Lakes in Illinois.
After the Navy I attended college, majoring in Theatre Arts and turned professional in Minneapolis in the early 70’s at the Cricket Theatre where I played the lead in the highly successful “Hot L Baltimore”.
I’ve performed professionally in film, TV, stage and radio in Phoenix and Los Angeles, working odd jobs to support myself and my family. Although divorced from their Mom, I have three children and seven amazing grandchildren. The strongest member of my team is my wife, Nancy – she is my harshest critic and my constant light for these past twenty-three years.
I moved to Santa Cruz, California in the mid 80’s and joined a local cover band soon after and I’m still playing lead guitar and singing in the same band, albeit after many changes in personnel.
In 2012 I joined the Barbershop Harmony Society and was asked to join a newly formed quartet. We took second place in the novice championship in 2013 and we are gigging around the area and preparing for a competition in May.
A local parish in the area tapped me to play guitar for an upbeat youth Mass in Capitola, California and I was hired by the Diocese of Monterey as a musician/singer.
In 2002 I began to earnestly pursue songwriting attending an online school, SongU, where I began developing my craft. I attended an NSAI songcamp in Nashville and worked with various writers. My song, “Plain and Simple” took honorable mention in a West Coast Songwriters competition in 2013.
I’ve taken two Best Performances in West Coast Songwriter competitions and I enjoy playing at open mic’s and song circles – try to do it every chance I get.
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Janet Cohen is the next writer up on the roster. Janet is an accomplished writer and we look forward to hearing the two songs that she has sent over tonight!

Janet Cohen has co-written many country, pop and R&B songs, and has had a number of publishing contracts. One song, “Nothing Bad About Feeling Good,” was recorded by the r&b group, “Unity,” on
Capitol Records. She is currently expanding her skills as a lyricist
and writing melodies as well.
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Troy Castellano just pitched two of his songs and got some great feedback from Nancy. Learn more about Troy below.

Born and raised in the near the Twin Cities in Minnesota and now recently re-located to Nashville TN, Troy Castellano is an award winning country/pop/rock singer songwriter who’s music has been described as Keith Urban meets Train, got on Eric Church’s tour bus and jammed! Writing and performing music has always been one of the biggest passions. It’s those burning affections that continue to drive his lust for creating memorable music.
Over the years Troy played in a number of area cover bands. He always wrote and recorded his songs but it wasn’t until late 2008 that Troy dropped out of the cover band scene and started out on his trek to write songs and produce music.

Accolades and Awards
• Licensed music aired on MTV Networks, TLC Network, Oxygen Network, Score Keepers Music, Song & Film, and SoundFile Productions.
• Winner of BOB 106FM’s Texaco Country Showdown 2013.
• Finalist in 2012 NewSong Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest.
• Winner of Tom Jackson Productions song makeover contest sponsored by Broadjam.com
• Rockin 101 FM’s MN Homegrown February 2012 Artist of the month
• KQRS 92.5 FM’s 2011 Rock Stock Battle of the Bands Winner. Opened at Midway Stadium, St. Paul MN with Styx, Cheap Trick!
• Winner of 2010 Industry Midwest Music Meltdown Summit song competition Milwaukee, WI
• Guitar player on Tommy Lee’s (Motley Crue) new Methods of Mayhem album “A Public Disservice Annoucement”. Released on RoadRunner Records 2010.
• Top 10 finalist in Broadjam.com’s 2011 6-Pack Songwriting Competition
• Top 10 finalist in Broadjam.com’s 2010 6-Pack Songwriting Competition
• Top 10 finalist in Broadjam.com’s 2009 6-Pack Songwriting Competition
• Placed 3rd in SongwritersUniverse.com contest.
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Jennifer Bruce has one song on the roster tonight. We are so glad to have her be a part of our POP Event tonight. Learn more about Jennifer below.

Jennifer Bruce won her first talent contest at the tender age of eight in her home town of Temecula, California. Throughout the years, she has performed at a variety of venues across the U.S. wining the hearts of music fans. She is an accomplished vocalist in all genres of music.
Jennifer has been a professional singer songwriter and entertainer in Nashville TN since 1992. She recently completed 3 years as a featured entertainer aboard the General Jackson Showboat in Nashville. For the past eleven years she has performed with TV comedian/personality Steve Hall, Shotgun Red and the Shotgun Red Show. She appears weekly on the Shotgun Red Variety Show on RFD TV currently going into season five in 2015.
In addition to being a songwriter, Jennifer has performed with and backed many artists over the years including: Little Jimmy Dickens, Bill Anderson, Jack Greene, Jeannie Seely, Jan Howard, Lee Greenwood, John Conlee, Lori Morgan and many others. Over the years has recorded many vocal demos for publishers and studios in Nashville. She is also an audio engineer and has recorded for other songwriters and publishers in Nashville. Although she enjoys entertaining, she loves to write and create music.
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Jay Brehmer has three songs on the roster tonight.Read more about Jay below.

“Music has always been a big part of my life, now my life is a big part of my music.”
Jay Brehmer thanks his father for starting him along this musical journey. While his father only knew how to play the radio, he loved music and encouraged Jay to learn a musical instrument very early in life. By the third grade, Jay began taking bass lessons and playing with his school’s orchestra. As his love of music grew, he began to branch out and try new instruments. He learned to play baritone, percussion, and guitar. He was given his first bass guitar when he was 11 years old and decided to start a band.
As the band became more popular, they wanted to do more than just cover songs and a songwriter was born. At that time the words were not as important as the music. When they played their gigs, they would sneak their original tunes in between the Styx, Rush, and REO Speedwagon covers. While Jay loved writing, when the band broke up he saw no reason to continue. Then in 1999, Jay joined some friends on a trip to Nashville to attend another friend’s showcase. His passion for music was reignited and his songwriting resumed.
Jay now makes regular trips to Nashville to network and co-write with the many talented writers in Music City. Jay is currently concentrating on improving his writing skills through mentoring, song evaluations, and intensive workshops with writers like Steve Seskin and Pat Pattison. He seeks to learn something new every time he writes. Jay is a member of several songwriting organizations including Global Songwriters Connection (GSC) and Songwriters of Wisconsin International (SOWI).
Jay has been honored to receive numerous awards from the Songwriters of Wisconsin organization. He also received an Honorable Mention in the NSAI/CMT songwriting contest in 2012 and had songs taken for review by 11 different publishers in the last 12 months at GSC POP events. He experienced his first cut by the band Lost Highway, which was released in 2014. Jay’s next goal is to land a cut with a major artist
With all of his musical accolades, Jay still believes his biggest accomplishments to date are his three children, Elissa, Matthew, and Joshua. Jay lives with his wife of 30 years in Appleton, WI where he enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking.
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We have been congratulating Sasha all week and it continues tonight! She received some amazing feedback from Nancy and both of her songs will be taken for further review. Sasha is an artist on the rise, not only a talented writer, but also has an amazing voice. Keep your eye on her! Congratulations, Sasha!! ... See MoreSee Less

First up tonight is Sasha Aaron who recently won first place in the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival! Learn more about Sasha below!

Sasha Aaron is a Miami native who now calls Nashville home. Musically influenced by Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, Sheryl Crow, and Trisha Yearwood – her sound is the result of a perfect balance of California rock, rhythm & blues and the honest sensibilities of country music. Her performance and songwriting skills have allowed her the opportunity to open up for major acts such as Sister Hazel and have several song placements on major network television shows (MTV, CW).

Since living in Nashville, Sasha has been quickly gaining the respect of some of the top players and songwriters in town. She has co-written songs with #1 hit songwriters Steve Dean, Frank Myers & Rob Crosby.

Sasha is currently working on a new album with Grammy nominated producer Kent Wells and is looking forward to exploring all of the doors Music City has been opening for her.
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