Roll Call Credits & Discographies: (L-Z)

This year’s list is a mix of emerging and established music creators…most are signed to major or top boutique publishing companies. Historically, that “next it” producer or songwriter is listed within Music Industry Quarterly’s Roll Call. So, A&Rs, label & creative execs, music supes, take your pick…and to you writers and producers, please utilize this resource guide to reach out and collaborate amongst yourselves.

K3

ASCAP

p14a-21a_rollcall-k3As a self-admitted shy kid from Indianapolis, K3 never imagined himself performing in New York. But the BB Kings’ stage lights come as no surprise to those who have seen his numerous YouTube videos of cover tunes. K3 is currently working on his yet to be titled EP expected to be filled with visuals that will provide listeners an opportunity to experience the untold story of his life. Audiences will get the chance to fully understand his capabilities as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. Contact: Findingk3@gmail.com

 

K-Major

Kobalt Music Publishing/obo RZ3 (ASCAP)

p14a-21a_rollcall-k-majorYears ago, K-Major performed live on BET’s 106 & Park in front of millions of viewers as a recording artist. Now specializing in top-lining and production, K-Major writes and produces for some of the foremost names in music including Usher, Future, French Montana, and Migos. His most recent singles include Usher & Future’s “Rivals,” SoMo’s “First,” as well as his own single “Bandana,” from a full length project he’s collaborating on with DJ Spinz, Tricky Stewart, Aaron Reid and Nash B. More recently, he has been in the studio working on new music for Tamar Braxton, Future, Mariah Carey, Jacquees, and others. Management Contact: Kenny Brown – 3MGentertainment@gmail.com

Kevin Garrett

Kevin Garrett Music/ Roc Nation (ASCAP)

p14a-21a_rollcall-kevingPittsburgh, Pennsylvania-born singer-songwriter and producer Kevin Garrett is the owner of a pensive pen and a voice that shines like a lighthouse. His delicately mournful song “Coloring” recently hit 10 million views on Spotify.  Decidedly esteemed for his co-writing and production on Beyoncé’s breathtaking “Pray You Catch Me,” Kevin also worked with Justine Skye on her slow cooking, electric dancehall infused single, “U Don’t Know.” Inspired by personal experiences and greats like Sam Cooke, Oscar Peterson and Joni Mitchell, Kevin is working on a great deal of new music; a new EP and his first album are to be expected soon.  Contact: Moya Nkruma – mnkruma@ascap.com

Lanita Smith

Muff Entertainment (BMI)

p14a-21a_rollcall-lanitaAs the winner of the Guitar Center-sponsored, Don Was judged Singer Songwriter IV competition, Lanita Smith beat out 16,000 other singer-songwriters and ushered herself into a completely new life. Landing placements with American Idol finalist Jessie Sanchez and German Pop sensation Mandy Capistro, Lanita has found herself collaborating with people that she used to see on TV on a day to day basis. Inspired by genius Pop songwriters like Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean and Colbie Caillat, Lanita recently finalized her own forthcoming album and is currently assembling songs for Jason Mraz, and several others. Contact: www.twitter.com/iamlanitasmith

Lovy Longomba

Lovylo Music / Pulse Music Group (BMI)

p14a-21a_rollcall-lovyEmerging from one of the foremost families in Kenyan music, Lovy Longomba aka LovyLo has made a home in Hollywood producing and writing for Iggy Azalea, Gwen Stefani and K Michelle. Moving to Los Angeles at the age of 19 and originally teamed up with the high-esteemed songwriting and production team The Messengers, Lovy’s style is an amalgamation of Reggae, World Music, Pop and Urban ripe with the catchiness and excitement of Max Martin and Danja, two of his foremost influences. Grammy nominated for his work with Iggy Azalea, Lovy is currently knee deep in a number of forthcoming projects. Contact: www.twitter.com/Lovylo

Luk3 Witherspoon

High Soci3ty Music (ASCAP)

p14a-21a_rollcall-luk3This producer and composer has credits consisting of Wale’s “Reminisce,” work with Darius Scott of The Voice Season 9 fame (includes The Tide EP), and the musical score from No Way Out: The King Keraun Documentary. Inspired by the likes of Gospel singer Tye Tribbett, and Hip-Hop/producer icons Timbaland and Kanye West, Witherspoon is working on music for his own solo album, expected in the spring of 2016, along with a kick-off single to drop this fall. Contact: Leotis Clyburn – leotis@me.com

 

Madison Emiko Love

Artist Publishing Group (ASCAP)

p14a-21a_rollcall-madisoneConsidering the witty, inclusive and conversational nature of her lyricism, it’s funny to think that there was a time that Madison Love only wrote by herself and for herself. Madison credits her time at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute for forcing her to collaborate and helping her find an artistic voice. A fleet of recent placements including Jason Derulo’s “Kiss The Sky” and Tritonal featuring Adam Lambert’s “Broken,” and guest vocal performances with emerging EDM favorites Coyote Kisses and Black Coast have built tremendous anticipation for Madison’s upcoming material. Madison is currently creating songs for Kehlani and Selena Gomez. www.twitter.com/madisonemiko

 Menace

AK Menace Publishing (ASCAP)

p14a-21a_rollcall-menace2016 has been a breakout year for Adnan “Menace” Khan. His pummeling production work for GOOD Music signee Desiigner’s debut single, “Panda,” landed him on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. “Panda” went triple-Platinum in the U.S. and made immense waves globally. Deeply inspired by the way Dr. Dre and Scott Storch dominated radio while he was growing up, Menace is seeking to mark an era with his success as a producer. Menace is currently working on new music for Dave East, IAMSU, Rome Fortune, Rockie Fresh and Leaf, in addition to other forthcoming projects. Contact: MenaceMakesBeats@gmail.com

Michael “Foreign Teck” Hernandez

HitsSinceNinety3/UMPG (BMI)

p14a-21a_rollcall-michaelforeignWest Palm Beach native Michael “Foreign Teck” Hernandez is rapidly emerging as a go-to music producer. When examining Teck’s work on Bryson Tiller’s Platinum single “Exchange,” Chris Brown’s club favorite “Wrist,” and Post Malone’s beautifully-mournful “Too Young,” a listener senses a powerfully distinct style drenched in the atmospheric sound of Toronto, Southern bass and 90’s Hip-Hop and R&B. A member of the Mekanics production team, Teck is currently working on music for Bryson Tiller and Chris Brown’s forthcoming albums, in addition to developing new artists/producers under his Foreign Mob umbrella. Contact: www.twitter.com/foreignteck

Mykavelli

(BMI)

p14a-21a_rollcall-mykavelliSt. Louis producer and recording artist Mykavelli is best known for his contributions to independent buzz records such as “Salute Me” by Tali Blanco and Tech N9ne, as well as by Truth (AKA Trouble) featuring Lil Wyte’s “The Audition.” His work was enough to garner him a meeting with the prestigious Def Jam Records and has allowed him the opportunity to showcase production for several major label artists. Currently working on a high volume of placement material, including his own projects, expect to hear more from Mykavelli. Contact: myka2187@gmail.com

Natalie Lauren Sims

Lead and Yellow Publishing/ Avex Music Publishing (BMI)

p14a-21a_rollcall-natalielaurenLearning song structure from her late, great uncle Wayman Tisdale, Natalie Lauren Sims has multiplied those lessons a thousand fold as an immensely successful songwriter and A&R consultant. Widely known in the Gospel community, the Tulsa, Oklahoma native has done stellar work in both secular and sacred fields including: Chris Brown’s “Blow it In The Wind,” Iggy Azalea’s “The New Classic” and Lecrae’s “Fear.” Having recently started a creative service agency called Native No. under which she is producing and A&R’ing Lecrae’s next album, Natalie also has forthcoming music for KeKe Palmer. Contact: www.twitter.com/msnatalielauren

Neenyo

Kobalt (SOCAN)

p14a-21a_rollcall-neenyoMississaugua, Ontario native Sean “Neenyo” Seaton has had an extremely unique journey through music. First heard producing “Must Hate Money” on Drake’s introductory Comeback Season mixtape, Neenyo progressed with placements on Jadakiss, Fabulous, and a slew of others. Following a stint with JR Rotem’s Beluga Heights, Neenyo introduced a new sound grounded in deep emotion, futurism and bravado, a sound more representative of the Toronto area he hails from. This sound is prominently heard on PartyNextDoor’s wildly popular trilogy of albums, most notably on “Sex On The Beach” and “Don’t Know How.” Other Neenyo productions include Drake and Future’s “Plastic Bag” and Mr. Probz’s “Gold Day.” Neenyo is currently working with OVOSound artists Partynextdoor and Roy Woods, in addition to Omarion. Contact: www.twitter.com/neenyo

Nick Green

BMI 

p14a-21a_rollcall-nickgreenA 6 AM wake-up call from close friend Taz Arnold was how Nick Green was informed of his Grammy nomination. His contributions to The Internet’s Ego Death album and his close collaboration with the group’s lead singer Syd The Kid on recent Snakehips and Kaytranada collaborations (“Gone” & “You’re The One,” respectively) have positioned him as someone to watch. Nick is continuing his momentum with contributions to Common’s forthcoming project as well as concocting music for his own Nick Davey solo project. Contact: nicholas.eaholtz@gmail.com

Omen

Dopart Publishing (ASCAP)

p14a-21a_rollcall-omenOmen is a member of J Cole’s Dreamville collective and co-produced Cole’s 2015 single “Apparently.” A poignantly reflective ode to his mother, his faith and a life marred with questions, “Apparently” garnered Omen an ASCAP Award and it was a Top 10 record on the Billboard Rap Charts. In addition to his work on Cole’s record and the Dreamville compilation, Revenge of the Dreamers, the Chicago rapper and producer released his own album entitled Elephant Eyes on Interscope and toured the U.S. and Europe with it too much acclaim. Omen is currently working on a new solo EP. www.twitter.com/omen

Pip Kembo

Artist Publishing Group (ASCAP)

p14a-21a_rollcall-pipkPhillip “Pip” Kembo is a producer from Zimbabwe that got his big break upon discovering Grammy-nominated producer Sermstyle’s email address on Twitter. The resulting friendship and working relationship that ensued completely changed the direction of Pip’s life. Pip’s variety of Urban Pop is deeply-grounded in his African roots. He has also worked closely with other globally notable Zimbabwean producers such as T Collar (Chris Brown) and Brian Soko (Beyoncé) in addition to B Ham, Lovy, and Chris Batson. Recently signed to Mike Caren’s Artist Publishing Group, Pip has a tremendous amount of forthcoming work with Sean Paul, Trey Songz and Akon. Publisher Contact: angie.pagano@artistpg.com

Sebastian Kole

Coleridge Tillman Music Publishing/ Universal Music Publishing Group (BMI)

p14a-21a_rollcall-sebastiankSebastian Kole, the pen behind the totality of Alessia Cara’s breakthrough Know It All album (including hit singles “Here” and “Wild Things), is known for his wordy, goose-bump inducing folktale style of songwriting. Describing his sound as SOUP or Southern Urban Pop, Sebastian got his start in the music industry with a credit on J Lo and Flo Rida’s 2012 single “Goin In.” Sebastian soon teamed with EP Entertainment founders Tony Perez and Robert “Robeo” Elezear. His association with EP garnered him a record deal with Motown and three widely-acclaimed placements on Grey’s Anatomy, in addition to connecting him with Alessia. Sebastian is currently working on his debut album for Motown Records, in addition to working on selections for Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, Brandy and Stanaj. Contact: www.twitter.com/sebastiankole

Steven Franks

Reservoir (ASCAP)

p14a-21a_rollcall-stevenfLanding in Los Angeles for the first time gave Steven Franks confirmation that he could be successful in the business of music. His belief translated into placements, the most notable being: Ariana Grande & Lil Wayne’s “Let Me Love You,” Big Sean & John Legend’s “Memories Part 2” and Meghan Trainor’s “Friends.” Inspired by original, risk taking music, Steven desires to make things that sound like an artist throwing paint on a canvas, curious about the outcome. Listeners can expect to hear Steven on Fergie’s new project with a song called, “Just Like You.” Steven is also developing a group called Social House. Publisher Contact: Donna Caseine – dc@reservoir-media.com

Tayla Parx

Taylor Monet Music/Warner Chappell Publishing (BMI)

p14a-21a_rollcall-taylaAn accomplished actress before entering into the music business, Dallas native and Debbie Allen prodigy Tayla Parx (Taylor Parks) has made unbelievable strides as a songwriter over the last few years. Since signing to Warner Chappell in 2012, Tayla has conjured an unbelievably diverse body of work that includes Alicia Keys’ current single “In Common,” the Michelle Obama approved “Bo$$” by Fifth Harmony, and the seductively cool “Special Affair” by The Internet. Tayla was also a featured vocalist on “Anyway” from Chris Brown’s Royalty album. Tayla is currently working on songs for Christina Aguilera, Janelle Monae, Alina Baraz and Demi Lovato. Contact: www.twitter.com/taylaparx

Tyus Strickland

Strick-Rose/BMG (BMI)

p14a-21a_rollcall-tyrussMay 31st, 2016 was a landmark day for Tyus Strickland. A life-long singer-songwriter from Portland, Oregon, Tyus signed a publishing deal with BMG in the morning and a recording deal with Warner Bros. Records in the evening. Deeply influenced by Jodeci and Dr Dre, Tyus embodies the melodic excellence of the 90’s while simultaneously navigating the modern atmospheric sound. Tyus’ first EP titled Never Forget is slated to be released on Warner Bros. Records in October. His LP is scheduled for release in 2017. Contact: StrickRosemusic.info@gmail.com

Walt “Walt on the Keys” Anderson

Walt on the Keys Publishing (BMI)

p14a-21a_rollcall-waltaTo work with Kool & the Gang requires the highest level of musicianship, a dedication to craft and a soul level connection with sound. These are all traits that Walt Anderson embodies to the fullest. Currently on tour with the band and a production contributor to their “Sexy (Where’d You Get Yours?)” single, Walt has worked with Korean super-group The Big Bang and was also prominently featured on MTV’s Making The Band 2. Expect to hear more from Walt on Kool & the Gang’s forthcoming album. Contact: waltonthekeys@gmail.com

 

WatchTheDuck

Reservoir (BMI)

p14a-21a_rollcall-watchtheduckWatch The Duck are some of the most idiosyncratic individuals on the modern music landscape. Going lengths to be different has been a winning formula for the Alabama trio. The group gained notoriety for their dubstep infused single “Poppin’ Off” in 2012 and have since leveraged that success into placement work with Beyoncé, Iggy Azalea, T.I., and collaborations with Steve Aoki, Pharrell Williams, Afrojack, and Schoolboy Q. Watch The Duck is currently in the throes of building their development company and are also featured on Epic recording artist Nick Grant’s current single “Get Up.” Publisher Contact: Donna Caseine – dc@reservoir-media.com

Wax Motif

Pulse Music Group (ASCAP)

p14a-21a_rollcall-waxmotifAs a native Australian, producer/DJ Wax Motif used to see working with major artists as a solid impossibility. But based on the moment he’s having in his career, one would have never guessed. Wax Motif has done outstanding work with YG, Ty Dolla $ign and Pusha T, among others and is slated to release an EP on Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint. His most current single “Catching Plays” featuring Pusha T and Starrah is one of Summer 2016’s most buzzed about records and the upcoming Destructo EP features Kevin Gates, E-40, Denzel Curry and Freddie Gibbs. Management Contact: Steph La Fera – contact@littleempiremusic.com

Whiskey Water

Warner Chappell (ASCAP – BMI)

p14a-21a_rollcall-whiskeyComprised of Joe Kirkland and Jason Dean, Whiskey Water is a tremendously exciting writing and production team based out Los Angeles. The men responsible for Jojo’s scorching comeback record “F– Apologies” and the blissfully dramatic Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato duet “Avalanche” come from the humble beginnings you’d expect of great  songwriters: long stretches without money, couch surfing and whiskey for pain. The duo’s humanity comes through in their records and is resonating throughout the industry as they are slated to have multiple records for JoJo’s Atlantic Records debut as well as cuts for Tinashe, Flo Rida, Sean Paul, and Laura Marano. Contact: jason@whiskey-water.net OR joek@whiskey-water.net

Zak Waters

Warner Chappell/Smirf D Publishing (ASCAP)

p14a-21a_rollcall-zakwZak Waters has traveled a spectacularly unique road in the world of music. Beginning with his leadership of the Los Angeles-based Pop/Rock band Blueskyreality, Zak has transitioned into collaborations with dance stalwarts Madeon and Adventure Club, and solo exploration under both his given name and the stage name Pretty Sister. A highlight of his voluminous catalog is undoubtedly Madeon’s “The City,” where served as the writer and the featured vocalist. “The City” charted all over the world and was used in both Need for Speed and NHL 15 video games. Zak is currently working on music for the upcoming Betty Who album as well as songs for the next Pretty Sister project. Contact: zakwatersmusic@gmail.com