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Gary Leiter

Gary Leiter

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

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

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

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.

Diana Williams

Diana Williams

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

Diana Williams, Songwriter

Diana Williams is a writer of truths and lies.  She is a freelance writer of songs, stories and articles. With an Oklahoma accent and background, it is natural that most of her writing and singing finds its way to the country genre, but she has written gospel, pop and blues from both the male and female perspective.  Her songs are known to have an embedded message that makes you remember a cobweb of something nostalgic or a little tidbit of a self-help book that found its way into a lyric to provide a moral to the story with a light touch.

She is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association, leads a local writing group, has co-written lyrics and melodies for other songwriters, and occasionally sings with a local band for charity.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
-e.e. cummings

DiCreative Music
PO Box 1053
Bailey CO 80421
dicreative@reagan.com

Pamella Bowen

Pam Bowen

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

Pam Bowen, Songwriter

Retired after 33 years of teaching high school English, Pamella Bowen took up songwriting when her teenage daughter changed all of Bowen’s radio buttons to country after falling in love with a cowboy. As a poet, Bowen had specialized in sonnets and limericks, honing her skills in rhythm and rhyme. The transition to song lyrics was not easy, and Bowen sought songwriting instruction from Jason Blume, Pat Pattison, Andrea Stolpe and others, one-on-one, in workshops, and in books. Though she started off with country songs, she has been focusing on Christian songs as her songwriting journey and her spiritual journey have dovetailed.

In 2010, she won an Honor Award in the Great American Song Contest for her song, “Get a Puppy.” “Southern Californian,” which she wrote with Kanan Road Band, is a highlight of their Brothers album and features in their music video available on Youtube. In 2013, she won the Craft Songwriter Spotlight Award at Crush and Brew, a local music venue, and was named Songwriter of the Month for September on Song Ramp. Bowen has been listed as “One to Watch” by NSAI song evaluators.

As a lyricist, Bowen has collaborated with over thirty different co-writers worldwide to produce more than sixty full songs, not to mention hundreds of lyrics. She finds writing challenges such as FAWM (February Album Writing Month) inspiring, and she has written enough to “win” the event for the last two years, networking with colleagues and co-writers along the way. She is always on the lookout for willing co-writers who can push her to stretch and grow in her craft.

Pamella Bowen is a member of Nashville Songwriters Association International, Global Songwriters Connection, The Gospel Music Association, and SongRamp. Her songs are registered with BMI. More information on Pamella Bowen is available:

ReverbNation, Facebook
Blog: bowen2.com
Email: pam@bowen2.com

Anna Epps

Anna Epps

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

Anna Epps, Singer/Songwriter

Anna Epps is an aspiring 15 year old Christian Artist/Writer from Mo who has been singing since the age of 6. James Dobson founder of Focus on the Family, Tony Orlando and Joel Manby (author of “Love Works”) have all shared praise for Anna’s performance in “A Dickens Christmas Carol” where she sang and performed for 6 years totaling 600 live Broadway style shows.

Being Homeschooled has given her an opportunity to work professionally in music and business related projects. Although she isn’t signed she has been asked over the past months to record nationally released vocal tracks for Answers In Genesis, Baptist Press Publishing company and Standard publishing company. Anna is currently serving on the worship team at James River Assembly and pursues God’s direction as she followers her heart to sing for Him.

Some of Anna’s past experiences included: A national project called Timmy Tunes which produced over 100 vocal tracks for a preloaded MP3 player for kids. She has sung Jingles for radio and television as well as appeared in many television commercials and a music video. Some of these include a national HyVee commercial, national Tourism commercial for the states of Oklahoma and Missouri, national Infomercials, Cox Hospital, Bass Pro Shops, Faith Case DVD series, Empire Bank and Associated Electric. She has participated in photo shoots featured in Midwest Magazine and Field and Stream and several catalogs.

A Washington Times quote referring to Anna’s performance in a Dickens Christmas Carol stated, “I would be very surprised if we did not hear more from Anna over the coming years”. Anna loves the Lord and is continuing to study and perfect her musical skills.

Johnny Brown

Johnny Brown

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

Johnny Brown, Songwriter

I live in Castle Rock, Colorado. I have been writing songs seriously now for two years. I do not play or sing publicly. I have 14 published songs in the last year and a half. No cuts as of yet.

I still have my day job but consider myself a full time songwriter. I am 66 years old and married to the same wonderful woman for 43 years. I belong to NSAI, SongU, Gospel Songwriters, and now Global Songwriters. I write only Christian Country, Southern Gospel, and Bluegrass Gospel music.

 

Gene Ezell

Gene Ezell

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

Gene Ezell, Singer/Songwriter

Gene Ezell is an accomplished songwriter in the genres of Contemporary Christian Music, Southern Gospel, and Praise and Worship music. He is the personification of the term well-rounded, with health, education, music, and his faith all playing important roles in his life.

Growing up, Gene dreamed of being a professional athlete. He was active in sports throughout school and continues to enjoy a physically active lifestyle to this day. Gene played four years of soccer at Asbury College, participated competitively in team handball while in the U.S. Army, and played racquetball as a semi-pro and amateur for twenty years. He has also completed several marathons and triathlons even qualifying for the World Ironman Triathlon.

His love of sports bled over into his academic life and Gene earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, a Master’s degree in Health and Safety Education, and a Doctorate degree in School Health Education. He is currently a professor at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

Gene’s faith has always been a foundation of his strength and an inspiration in his songwriting. He attends Signal Mountain Bible Church and is a faithful member of worship community. Gene regularly plays the bass and even sings on occasion as a part of the church’s worship team.

Gene has been writing creatively for over 30 years and has authored 15 books. In 2002 he merged his writing with his love of music and began composing songs. As he gained experience, he soon earned recognition from the musical community. He has won several national songwriting contests including GMA’s Immerse 2013, IndieHeaven’s 2013, and songwriterscafé.com’s 2012 competition. He has also been a finalist in three other nationwide songwriting contests. He has a song published in LifeWay’s Worship Catalog and had one of his songs selected by NSAI for their 2011 holiday CD. Several of his songs have been cut by various artists including Triumphant Quartet, Canaan’s Crossing, Dustin Jenkins, Ron Brewer and Nevaeh among others.

Three of Gene’s songs have been published with Peck Music Group and another three songs were published with Tylis Music (subsidiary of Gaither Music). Gateway Publishing secured a single song contract with Gene. He is working toward obtaining a staff writing or contract writing position.

Gene is a member of several songwriting organizations including Global Songwriters Connection, Gospel Music Association, Nashville Songwriters Association, BMI, IndieHeaven, and Inspirational Country Music Association. He is also the owner of Gene Ezell Music Publishing (BMI).

He resides in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, with his wife of 43 years, Cynthia. Gene has an adult daughter, Megan, and one grandchild.

Laureen Smith

Laureen Smith

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

Laureen Smith, Songwriter

Laureen Smith is recognized as an exciting new songwriter to hit the Nashville market in the last few years. Having had the privilege of writing with Grammy, Country Music Award and Dove Award songwriting nominees and winners, she focuses on building a catalog of strong songs in Christian, Pop, and Country. Numerous artists including Point of Grace, Dove Award Female Artist of the Year Cindy Morgan and American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre, have recorded her songs and she has several cuts already expected this upcoming year including a duet with American Idol Finalist Skylar Lane.

Known for her preparation, Laureen comes to appointments with a hook, strong storyline and a melodic groove. She has researched the market, charts and detailed elements of her co-writers history, making writing appointments efficient and productive. “I have never set Laurie up for a co-write session that the co-writer has not called me to thank me,” says Chaz Corzine, Michael W. Smith Group Partner.

Affiliated with BMI, she owns her own publishing company and is a member of Global Songwriters Connection as well as National Songwriters Association International. She feels humbled to be a part of this creative community and blessed to call her talented co-writers dear friends.

 

Mary Desmond

Mary Desmond

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

Mary Desmond, Singer/Songwriter

MARY DESMOND native of Ballincollig, Co. Cork, Ireland, is one of Ireland’s most prolific singer/songwriters, with a catalogue of hundreds of songs. Most of Mary’s songs are in a country mold but many have cross-over appeal. Gerry Ryan of RTE 2 FM fame was one of the first to recognize Mary’s unique talent when she featured on his radio show with a song about “Terrence”. There followed a television appearance on Gerry’s “Secrets” show where she sung her own composition with the backing of “ The Crème De La Crème “ of Irish artists; Philomena Begley, Louise Morrissey and Tony Allen.

Mary has a further claim to international fame having auditioned for Granada Television’s “Stars in Their Eyes”. Out of a total of 35,000 applicants Mary made it to the last five hundred where she portrayed Bridie Gallagher, singing “The Hills of Donegal”. Mary has gone from strength to strength having many of her songs recorded by up and coming artists.

Mary gets regular airplay on the radio stations in Ireland and her song “My Phone Call to Heaven” has reached No 1 in the charts in Ireland. Mary also has had the honor of having some of her songs in the top 5 in” Song of the Year “song writing contest, which is an internationally recognized contest based in Houston, Texas. (www.songoftheyear.com).The judges are some of the biggest names in music industry, including many Grammy Award winners. Mary’s greatest ambition will be realized when her songs become international hits.

David Borys

David Borys

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

David Borys, Singer/Songwriter

David Borys is a multi-genre songwriter based out of Vancouver, Canada. Since his 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards songwriter showcase he has written dynamic material for both female and male recording artists in country, rock and pop genres. David has penned songs for acts in the United States and Canada and continues to seek challenging and inspiring projects.