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Grant June

Grant June

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

Grant June, Songwriter/Guitarist

“But there’s this faith in this unimaginable love. It put me here, it put this song in my heart”
– First Things First

Grant June has three basic goals: 1) Grow in his faith and learn to trust God. 2) Be the best husband and father he can be. 3) Write great songs.

As a guitarist and songwriter for the Rock/Powerpop group 89 Mojo, Grant has released 5 albums, two Christmas singles, and a Taco Bell jingle that won the Judge’s Favorite honor. He’s also played about 1,000 gigs.

With his solo release “Free For The Giving”, however, Grant jumped out of the shell of being a secular songwriter and guitarist. Besides handling all the vocals, guitars and bass on the album, he also pushed his lyrical boundaries by diving deep into matters of faith, love, life and death. While speaking of both the joys and struggles of the Christian heart, Grant was well aware of the need to keep it honest, yet non-preachy. The result was a collection of songs that were heartfelt and accessible to both “believers” as well as those still searching.

While in the process of recording these new songs, Grant’s father passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Trying to make sense of his dad’s death forced him to reflect on his own life and the short time we all have on Earth. This lead to the “purpose” of the future album: Give it away for free, and donate the money that would have gone towards purchasing it to charity instead. Research for cancer, autism, or cystic fibrosis. Help for the local food pantry or homeless shelter. The list of worthy causes is endless. “Free For The Giving” became both a title and purpose for the album, as well as Grant’s new ministry.

Grant is currently writing and recording more material, with plans to pitch them to publishers and find an outlet where his music may connect with others’ hearts, and more importantly, God’s unconditional love and grace.

“I’m just longing for a pure heart, reflected in action and voice”
– The Other 167

Tom Koch

Tom Koch

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Tom Koch, Songwriter

Tom Koch (Cook) is from Evansville, IN. Tom has been English teachers in Japan for more than 20 years. He has been writing songs for the last four years.

Nancy Moser

Nancy Moser

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Nancy Moser, Songwriter

  • Country music lyric writer
  • Former jingle lyric writer, copywriter/broadcast producer and scriptwriter
  • Published song, “Look What We Can Do, Louisville”
  • Currently, five songs under contract
  • GSC member since 6/2014 with one song taken by publisher at POP event; current participant in Global Positioning Service
  • NSAI member since 6/2013 with 10 songs recognized as “Ones to Watch” and two recommended for publishers’ luncheon
  • TAXI member since 5/2013with seven songs forwarded to publishers
  • Member Songtown
  • Subscriber to MusicRow and RowFax
  • ASCAP-affiliated

Barry Coggins

Barry Coggins

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Barry Coggins, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Entertainer

Barry Coggins arrived in Nashville in 1993 and has been singing and entertaining at various clubs and restaurants ever since, including many songwriter nights. Besides performing solo, he also plays out with The Boat Jammers, The Big Head Band and an acoustic instrumental guitar duo called Duology. He has written or co-written over 1,000 songs and recorded 15 albums of original material. He has opened up for Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and one of Duology’s compositions was a winner on NPR’s All Songs Considered.
Barry was born the third of four boys to a traveling Air Force family. He has lived all over the country and also in Athens, Greece. Mostly though he hails from Texas having gone to high school in San Antonio and graduating from the University of North Texas in Denton. He started playing the guitar at age twelve and wrote his first song soon after that. He and his wife Laurie have been married for 21 years and live in Crieve Hall.

Karen Kiley

Karen Kiley

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Karen Kiley, Singer/Songwriter/Producer

Karen Kiley has been singing professionally since she was 15. Karen’s first solo CD, “Karen Kiley, Perfectly Imperfect”, a Contemporary Christian CD, was released in 2007. In 2015 a new mix of pop, rock, blues, and country will harmonize together on her upcoming CD, “Karen Kiley, Chasing the Sun”. Karen has also appeared in many Feature Films, and written and performed Voice Over’s and Jingles for local and national TV and Radio commercials. She’s worked with director John Hughes, and appeared in projects with many a-list actors like Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and has done comedy with Steve Carell, at Chicago’s Second City, ETC. theater, just to “name drop” a few. She was honored to sing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field and she toured the country with Think Floyd USA. Currently she will be found either in Chicago or Nashville playing solo or with her band Visible Souls promoting her original songs.

Adrian Tigen

Adrian Tigen

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Adrian Tigen, Musician/Singer/Songwriter

Adrian Tigen is a country singer, guitar player and songwriter from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Country music never was a well promoted musical genre in South America, so he discovered it through films when he was just a little kid, and since then, he´s developed his love and passion for bluegrass, traditional and modern country.

As a songwriter, he´s been working with his talented co-writer, John R. Hemingway, during the last years, and got several songs recommended by NSAI. He writes in both languages, english and spanish.

At the same time, as an artist, he promotes his music around South America and Spain, and in the US, has shared stage with artist like Brett Eldredge, Darryl Worley, Trent Tomlinson, The Grascals, Andy Griggs and more. He loves Nashville and tries to go there every chance he can.

Daniel Reifsnyder

Dan Refsnyder

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Daniel Reifsnyder, Musician/Singer/Songwriter

Daniel Reifsnyder first got bit by the music bug when he began taking piano lessons at the age of three. By age six, he was singing and writing his own songs. Not content to rest his laurels, by the time he was a teenager he had well over six hundred songs to his name and was one of the youngest published songwriters in the world by age ten. Recently, he won an honor from the Billboard World Song contest. He also had an underground hit with his song “Going Home” which appeared on multiple compilation CDs, and dominated the Indie Heaven charts for a record four months. According to reviewers, his lyrics have been called “catchy and substantive”, and he writes songs that get “stuck in your head and won’t leave you alone”. Although Daniel’s true passion is music, he has also had a successful acting career since age eight, appearing in commercials such as Day’s Inn, Wendy’s, General Mills Cereals, and more. He has also sung on thousands of jingles and recordings, including “My Christmas Tree” for Home Alone 2, and The Magic Schoolbus theme (w/Little Richard). He lives in Nashville with his wife, their dog, and two cats.

NYCNightWriter@gmail.com

Justin Murray

Justin Murray

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Justin Muray, Songwriter

My name is Justin Murray. I am many things to many people, including a child of the King, a husband to my wife of 17 years and father to 6 wonderful kids ages 12 to 2. I am also an elder, teacher and leader at my church and the founder and owner of Summit Outdoor Advertising, a billboard company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to all this, I am also a contemporary Christian songwriter desiring to use my gifts and abilities to honor God through music, create songs that people love to listen to and enjoy a career as a writer of contemporary Christian music. My family and I live in rural northeast Oklahoma.

Gary Leiter

Gary Leiter

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Gary Leiter, Musician/Songwriter

Having worked in the music business for over 20 years as a musician and songwriter, Gary Leiter is grateful to have enjoyed amazing success on a regional level. He not only manages the band, Slowvein, he is also its lead guitarist, helping to turn the simple garage band into a successful business that plays in large arenas and stadiums, tours with national acts, and has songs that have reached #1 on SongRamp and SoundClick.

After spending years writing music for Slowvein, Gary is now focused on becoming a professional songwriter. He has been inspired by the outpouring of support he has received from his peers and encouragement from respected members of the music business. His songs have already garnered positive press reviews and radio air play. His unique style might best be called modern rock/country crossover and is definitely worth a listen.

Gary lives with his wife in Bridge Creek, Oklahoma and has three adult children.

Reviews of Gary’s work:
You are quite possibly the most interesting writer I’ve ever had the pleasure of giving feedback to, but this song’s so compelling and so beautiful, I think you should definitely continue playing it as a representation of your writing skill set. In terms of evaluating this lyric, I don’t have much to say because it’s so unique it’s gorgeous, I wouldn’t change a thing. -NSAI

Train Wreck belongs on a top 10 list! Gary has a good understanding of music and composition. –Thunder Roads

Gary’s music reveals talent, maturity, and chemistry. It is complex and powerful, and deserves a spot in any music collection. Sherry England -Backstage Pass

There is a lot of good music coming out of Oklahoma and this is a good example. It is my pick of the month to become a “Big” commercial success. Ralph Graves -Night Flying

Memberships and Associations:
Global Songwriters Association
NSAI

Trish Matthews

Trish Matthews

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Trish Matthews, Songwriter

Just like an LP record, there are two sides to Trish’s Music Industry career. Trish has spent years working for and with songwriters around the world through the Nashville Songwriters Association International as well as spending the last year as independent songwriter. On the flip side, prior to that Trish spent about eighteen years in radio working in both Country and Adult Contemporary formats and writing for radio comedy networks. Both aspects are “A” sides to Trish.