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Ronnie Jones

Ronnie Jones

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Ronnie Jones, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist

Ronnie Jones hails from Smithfield, Virginia, the ham capital of the world. The son of musically talented parents, he began playing guitar at an early age. He began his journey of songwriting while, in the seventh grade as an English assignment, he wrote lyrics to the Dennis Coffey instrumental “Sad Angel”. This began a love of songwriting which continues to this day.

Ronnie’s early writings were influenced by groups such as America, the Eagles, the Beatles, and songwriters such as Dan Fogelberg, John Denver, and James Taylor. He began playing his songs in venues in the Hampton Roads area, and while performing, he met his wife Sharon. They have now been married over thirty years, God having blessed them with two daughters and three grandchildren.

Not long after marriage, Ronnie and his wife returned to the faith they had professed in Jesus Christ. It was not long till the focus of his writing shifted to Christ honoring songs. He began to use the talents that God had given him in his home church and local churches in and around Smithfield. His desire is to honor the Lord with the musical gifts he has been given and share them wherever and however he is privileged to do so.

Ronnie is a proud member of the Gospel Music Association, Global Songwriters Connection, and a former workshop coordinator for NSAI. He has recorded a CD entitled “Revive Our Land”. One of the songs on this project, “I Have Assurance”, has been recorded by the gospel group New Light. “Candles In The Night”, another song on the CD, has been played at many Relay for Life ceremonies on the East Coast. He is currently working on another CD with Tate Music Group, which should be finished later this year.

Alan Black

Alan Black

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Alan Black, Songwriter

As a lyricist my musical influences have been and are eclectic. In growing up my musical influences have been derived from all different genres of music. I began writing lyrics and collaborating on projects beginning in 2004..
As a lyricist I have been a contributing writer as a lyricist on the following projects:

“God’s Living Water” a Gospel project via Selah Sound Inc.

“No Ring No Fling” a Hip-Hop project via Selah Sound Inc.

“Got to Be Strong” is an R&B project that I also was a lyricist on as well via Selah Sound Inc. The title track from this project “Got to Be Strong” I am honored to say hit #1 on the American Idol Underground World Wide R&B charts for the week of February 20, 2008.

In 2009 the song “Through It All” a gospel song on which I was the lyricist was selected to be a part of the Reflections Management Company and Upper Room 3 Productions compilation “Care Packages for Our Troops.” This project helped to raise money for Operation Door to Door, which provided care packages to the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Turning Point,” a song from the Got to Be Strong project was featured as a part of the song track for the stage performance “Firstborn,” a play that ran in San Francisco in April of 2010 and also August of 2010.

In the summer of 2014 the song “Angel Divine” on which I was the lyricist was featured as a part of a compilation project via the record label Flaccid Rock.

Music is a deep rooted love for me. My dreams and passions are to continue to reach out to others for the opportunity to collaborate and create, knowing that it is about being a part of a team that works together to bring a song to life.

Grant June

Grant June

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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.