Roll Call 2014: Career Defining Moments (Names A-J)

It’s that time again; Amalgamation’s Annual Roll Call. Listed are nearly 70 songwriters and producers who should be on your radar; some relative newcomers, others more established. They are all talented, hardworking, and deserve acknowledgement from A&Rs, music supervisors, and those within the music creative community looking to collaborate and looking for hits. Names are in alpha order followed by their contact info.

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akademixThe Akademix of LAXclusive Entertainment – RipTide Music (ASCAP/BMI)

With music featured on popular TV shows such as NCIS: LA, 90210 and Law & Order, Los Angeles-based producers and composers Akademix are using the momentum of their television success to merge into writing and producing for both major and independent artists. Influenced by Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley and The Nep- tunes, The Akademix produce quality music that spans both throwback and contemporary sounds. The duo also handle audio engineering, film scoring, mixing and mastering.



anthonykilhofferAnthony Kilhoffer – Kilswitch World Wide Publishing/ Rondor Music Publishing (BMI)

A Swiss army knife of the creative process, Anthony Kilhoffer is a renowned mixer, producer, writer and instrumentalist. Credited as a co-producer on Kanye West & Jay-Z’s quadruple platinum single “N*ggas In Paris,” Anthony’s production prowess is also displayed on Kid Cudi’s “Maniac” and Travis Scott’s breakout records “Upper Echelon” and “Don’t Play.” In addition to his production work, Kilhoffer has garnered engineering credits on all six Kanye West albums. Anthony is currently at work with Iggy Azalea, Walé, Hollywood Holt, Diddy, Kanye and Hey Marseilles, among many others. Contact: anthony.kilhoffer@



asiabryantAsia Bryant – Asia Bryant Music/Rondor Music Publishing (ASCAP)

A cosmopolitan singer-songwriter from the cultured city of Charleston, South Carolina, Asia Bryant has sung with, and written for a superbly diverse list of prominent artists that includes Miley Cyrus, Killer Mike, Jennifer Lopez and Quincy Jones. Channeling the influences of Etta James, Whitney Houston and Jimi Hendrix, Asia is currently working on songs for the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film as well as crafting songs for mainstream artists and her first solo album. Contact: AsiaBryantMusic@



audiopushAudio Push – BMG Chrysalis (ASCAP/BMI)

Hailing from Southern California’s Inland Empire, Audio Push have been defiant of boundaries since emerging into the public consciousness in 2009 with their Interscope issued hit, “Teach Me How To Jerk.” Signing with Hit Boy’s Hits Since 87 (HS87) label in 2012, Audio Push released their acclaimed “Come As You Are” mixtape in 2013 and were heavily featured on the HS87 compilation “We The Plug.” In addition to making their own music (check out their latest “No Secret” and “Mary Jane”), Audio Push garnered co-writing credit on Mariah Carey’s newest album “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse” with their contributions to “Money” featuring Fabolous.



bwheezyB Wheezy – B Wheezy Publishing/Hip Hopville USA Music/Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI)

A chance introduction to Rick Ross gave Atlanta producer B Wheezy the sense of direction and empowerment he needed while he was still dreaming of being in the industry. Fully realizing his industry dreams with a co-production credit on the gold single, “Birthday Song,” by 2 Chainz and Kanye West, B Wheezy has continued to expand his footprint with productions such as YG’s “Me & My Bitch” and Chief Keef’s “Mando.” B Wheezy is currently working on records for Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Chief Keef and Rick Ross.



beatboyzBeatBoyz – (ASCAP)

Tacoma-based production crew BeatBoyz are a quartet of classically trained, battle tested musicians. Consisting of Tavares “T Mak” Baldtrip, Silas Doss, Brandon Jefferson and Gary Jackson, The Beatboyz are best de- scribed as the perfect cross section between the musicality of Bryan Michael Cox, the G-Funk sensibilities of Battlecat and the theatrical intensity of Kanye West. Recently credited on “Hold You Down” by Jim Jones and Olivia, The BeatBoyz are currently hard at work on a new beat tape called 808 City, Silas Doss’ solo album and various industry placements.



bobbybrackinsBobby Brackins – Settled Publishing/BMG/ Primary Wave (BMI)

Many remember Bobby Brackins from his breakout 2010 single “143” (No. 19 Billboard Hip Hop/R&B chart). In the time since, Brackins quietly developed as a songwriter and mounted credits with Ray J, Dev and Zendaya. Summer 2014 proved to be a coming out party for the Oakland-born, Los Angeles-based songwriter, finding him with two No. 1 Rhythmic radio singles: “Loyal” by Chris Brown and “2 On” by Tinashe. Brackins has more music with Chris Brown on his upcoming X album as well as new music with DJ Mustard, Redwine and Nic Nac.



bobbyjohnsonBobby Johnson – Beats Adrian Brusch/Hip Hopville USA Music/Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI)

Very few producers are fortunate enough to have a theme song as powerful as Que’s “OG Bobby John-son.” Laden with bass and menacing percussion, the track has generated a great deal of interest in its producer/ namesake and led to Bobby Johnson working on Que’s follow up single, “Too Much,” featuring Trey Songz, and a song with Chicago’s King Louie entitled, “Again.” Up next for Bobby Johnson Beats are songs with Atlanta standout Sy Ari Da Kid, Funk Volume’s Jarron Benton, and many more. BobbyJohnsonBTS



brittneybarberBrittany Barber – Music IV Masses (BMI)

Influenced by doses of early 90’s Soul and Jazz, Brittany Barber is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles best known for her writing on Ravaughn’s “Just Another Holiday” and Terrace Martin’s Locke High 2 album. She has also written songs with John Legend, Tyrese, Kevin McCall and Carl Thomas. Brittany is currently working on Judith Hill’s upcoming debut album, Sonna Rele’s album, and her own upcoming single and EP. Music IV Masses:



candicenelsonCandice Nelson – Bootleggers Stop/ Universal Music Publishing (ASCAP)

A former member of the insanely popular songwriting collective The Clutch, Candice Nelson is a major force in the world of song. Her clientele includes Beyoncé (“Resentment”), Mary J Blige (“Take Me As I Am”), Britney Spears (“Radar”), Mindless Behavior (“Mrs. Right”), and many more. Candice is currently expanding her catalogue with work on Mindless Behavior’s third album, Keri Hilson’s fourth album and her first solo album. A consummate professional known for her inventive yet accessible work, Candice works by the mantra, “Hype helps, but there really is no substitute for dope.” Instagram: @mostknownunknown



childishmajorChildish Major – Childish Major Music/Universal Music Publishing (BMI)

Major is one of the industry’s busiest producers with a growing discography consisting of Rocko’s “UOENO (You Don’t Even Know),” SZA’s “Green Mile,” Juicy J’s “Ain’t No Coming Down,” and several songs for Young Jeezy: “Addicted” featuring T.I & Y.G, “Been Gettin’ Money” featuring Akon, “1/4 Block,” and “What You Say.” Major says his career defining experience was, “Receiving advice from Pharrell during a session with him and Usher. He pretty much broke down what it would take for me to be better and it inspired me to a degree in which I hadn’t felt before.” Major is currently working on new music with Lil’ Boosie, Two- 9, David Stewart and more.



ckayChristchankeith “Ckay1” Marshall – N.O.T.E. Productions, LLC (ASCAP)

Most notable for producing “Area Code 229” from Field Mob’s Light Poles & Pine Trees album as well as “So Cold” for British trio Encore, Christchankeith “Ckay1” Marshall is a remarkable and world-renowned producer from Charleston, South Carolina. Currently working on music for Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz and Havana Brown, it’s more than likely the public will not be able to hear enough of this accomplished multi-instrumentalist, producer/composer in days to come. Contact:



classiklevineClassikLevine – Darnell Levine Music Publishing (SESAC)

Through several digital releases, ClassikLevine has brought listeners into his world. His tremendous abilities as a singer-song- writer-producer set him apart as someone to watch. A performance at this year’s SXSW and a Starbucks tour have further cemented his reputation as a crowd favorite. ClassikLevine is currently working on his new EP GØLD, slated for release later this fall. He recently released a digital album called Colørs. Contact: Qiana Conley



drichD Rich – Rich Territory/Hip Hopville USA Music/Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI)

Exploding out of Atlanta under the tutelage of Shawty Redd, D Rich has established himself as one of the most promising producers in Hip-Hop. Gaining his first placement with Young Jeezy’s “Who Dat,” D Rich followed up with southern anthems such as Young Jeezy & 2 Chainz’s “Supafreak” and “Box Chevy” by Rick Ross. Never one to slow down, D Rich is currently working on records for 2 Chainz, Rick Ross and Young Fresh (a.k.a Bankroll Fresh). DRichThe1



davenprestigeDaven Prestige Vanderpool – Essential Vibe Music (BMI)

“My career defining moment was when I signed with Puff Daddy and Bad Boy Entertainment in the mid-‘90s,” says Daven Prestige Vanderpool. During his time with the house that Diddy built, the producer went on to provide beats for Notorious BIG’s Notorious , Jay Z’s “Sunshine” and Diddy’s “Do You Like It.” Influenced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Vanderpool is currently executive-producing Lack of Flaw’s upcoming project B-Side. Contact: davenvanderpool@



dejuanvalentineDeJuan Valentine – VaLentine Songwriter Publishing (SESAC)

DeJuan Valentine is a singer, songwriter, composer and voice over artist based in Los Angeles. His music has been heard on MTV’s Taking The Stage , the avant-garde film Griot’s Lament and Hanging Out With Emmi . His voice has graced campaigns for large scale corporate clients such as Energizer and Calvin Klein. Valentine was recently chosen to be the music director for the United Negro Women Council’s annual Red Ribbon Fair, a celebrity fundraiser designed to benefit HIV Healthcare and Awareness.



demjointzDem Jointz – Dem Jointz Music/ BMG Platinum Songs (BMI)

It’s safe to say Dwayne “Dem Jointz” Abernathy still smiles about Rihanna enjoying his music. Recalling their time working on her album in London as a defining moment in his career, his contributions to her 2011 Gold single, “Cockiness,” began a trajectory that has led him to work with Brandy on her comeback single “Put It Down,” the intro to Christina Aguilera’s Lotus album and “Call Me Crazy” by Sevyn Streeter. Dem Jointz is currently working on music for Motown’s Stori and promising upstart Vina Vuna. Contact:



marleywatersDJ Marley Waters – Marley Waters Publishing/SonyATV (SESAC)

“I produced my first Billboard No. 1 record by age 23,” explains DJ Marley Waters, who grew up on a healthy diet of Reggae and Hip-Hop. That hit came in the form of the Tinashe’s Schoolboy Q-assisted single, “2 On.” Waters’ credits also include Sebastian Mikael’s “Kiss Me” and Pia Mia featuring Kid Ink’s “DumDa.” The producer, DJ and artist already has plans to release his debut album, JaMerican, in addition to lending his production skills to veterans like Twista, T-Pain, Jeremih and Christina Milian. Contact:



djtoureDJ Toure – 101% Music

Longtime producer and member of the vanguard Oakland-based Rap collective Hieroglyphics has worked with some of the best that Hip-Hop and R&B has to offer. Over the years, he’s found himself lending production credits to Phonté, Too $hort, Freeway, Devin The Dude, Goapelé and E-40, among others. While working on Emakulant’s debut project, he’s still pushing his 2013’s stellar Toure’s Theory: Session One album. “When I work, I always give 101%, so it really doesn’t differ much,” DJ Toure says. Contact:



donyeagDonye’a G – Donye’a G Publishing (SESAC)

Donye’a Goodman credits working with Raphael Saadiq for his intense focus. Often recalling an incident where Stevie Wonder recorded his parts in one take, Donye’a strives for that same level of excellence in his work. It’s clear that he’s on the right path. From his powerful song discussing domestic violence, “I’ll Kill Her,” to his production and feature work with artists such as Audio Push and LEP Bogus Boys, there’s a consistent quality that marks Donye’a’s work. Donye’a is currently working with Rostrum artists Vali Porter and Boaz along with a solo album of his own. Contact:



elitejcoleElite – Elite That’s Me/Kobalt Music Publishing (ASCAP)

With key collaborations and placements by J. Cole (“Crooked Smile” featuring TLC), J. Cole (“Who Dat”) and Jadakiss featuring Styles P on “Shootouts,” Elite [r] cites his work with J. Cole [l] and the positive message of “Crooked Smile” as his career defining experience. “But I’ve had a lot of memorable experiences from my days with Ruff Ryders all the way up to the work I’ve done with the Dreamville team,” he goes on to say. Elite is developing his first artist Sean McVerry and his debut EP, and working on the upcoming J-Cole album, plus new music for Dreamville recording artist Bas.



ericriddickEric Riddick – We Wrote That (BMI)                    

The song is Eric Riddick’s mission. For the two to five minutes that each song lasts, he seeks to make people feel good about life. Evoking alternative muses such as John Mayer, Linda Perry and Coldplay, Eric brings an intellectual approach to his recordings that makes for truly profound listening experiences. Currently lending his imaginative prowess and elastic vocal stylings to songs for Maroon 5, B.O.B and Kevin Gates, it is doubtless that big things are in store for Mr. Riddick, who recently traveled to China for music collaborations.



xclusivesThe Exclusives – Sean: He So Rude / Warner Chappell Music Publishing (ASCAP)/Ralph: Skyes Playground Music / Warner Chappell Music Publishing (BMI)

Ralph “Vintage” Jeanty and Sean “Pen” McMillion of The Exclusives can count L.A. Reid, Babyface and Michael Jackson as influences. Their dynamic skills has given them the opportunity to work with everyone from August Alsina (“I Luv This Shit”), Karmin (“Too Many Fish”), and The Roots (“The Other Side”). “We believe in showing artists how to be the best versions of themselves through music,” they say. Look for the team to pro- vide songwriting and production help on Bluff City and Jasmine Janai’s upcoming projects. Contact:


fisticuffsFisticuffs – Brian Warfield: Make It Rain on Em / Universal Music Publishing (ASCAP) Mac Robinson: Bella Trappola Music / Universal Music Publishing (BMI)

Los Angeles-based production duo Fisticuffs are made up of Brian Warfield and Mac Robinson. Together, the two essentially helped provide the sonic backing of both new-school R&B artists Miguel and Jhené Aiko. “We’re trying to bring back the art of making full albums again, back when it wasn’t always about focusing on what the single is,” the duo explains to Amalgamation. Look for their work to be found on upcoming projects from Yuna and BJ The Chicago Kid. Contact:



franccirichardFrancci Richard – Notting Hill Music Publishing (BMI)

Francesca “Francci” Richard is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and vocal producer from Seattle (now based in Los Angeles). As the pen behind Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Wrong Feels So Right,” Leela James featuring Anthony Hamilton’s “Say That” and many others, Francci has consistently pushed her craft forward and yielded miraculous results. Ever the trend- setter, Francci is beginning to develop her own artists: V.LYNN from Inglewood, CA and SWEDISH from (surprise!) Sweden. Francci also just finished placing songs in the upcoming film When the Game Stands Tall . Contact:



frontrunnazThe Frontrunnaz – Pensup Headsdown Publishing/Notting Hill Music Publishing (ASCAP)

The male and female writing and production team composed of Chris and Dria, named The Frontrunnaz, has some placements that can’t be ignored. Their credits include collaborations with Cool & Dre, The Renegades, Soulshock, Ryan Leslie, Illmind, The Mekanics, the Hitbangaz, Symbolyc One, Beluga Heights’ JR Rotem, and more. Their songs have been placed on projects by Mobb Deep, Ryan Leslie, Busta Rhymes, Ray J, and Mark Morrison. United, they are able to provide a 24-48 hour lyric, demo and mixing turnaround. www.twitter. com/thefrontrunnaz



goldieGabriel Nowee a.k.a. “Goldie Sharpshootaz” – AllGoldEverything/Universal Music Publishing (BMI)

On the face, it’s a pretty simple equation. Goldie is for the hair. Sharpshootaz is for the pen. It’s simple enough but Gabriel Nowee a.k.a. Goldie Sharpshootaz is still somewhat of an enigma. There’s something dazzling about the big sound she creates, a sound recognized by the likes of Chris Brown and Da Internz and a sound credited on Nipsey Hussle’s “Hussle in the House.” With an expansive work load that includes: Little Mix, Tamar Braxton, Sevyn Streeter and Christina Aguilera, the Goldie sound is one we are bound to get familiar with. Contact: Music IV Masses Management:



gogomorrowGogo Morrow – Soundbomb/Sndbmb Publishing (BMI)

Having toured with Lady Gaga, Gogo Morrow is exceedingly prepared for the rigors that accompany success as a recording artist. With her Los Ange- les-based production company Soundbomb, Gogo has been crafting an album she doubtlessly believes will be remembered forever. To build an audience for her atypical creativity, the Philadelphia-native has opened for Lauryn Hill, Common, Rick Ross and Kendrick Lamar as well as participated in the Made In America Festival, Power 106’s Powerhouse and Philadelphia’s signature WAWA Welcome To America Festival. Contact: Shantelle Ladybug Brumfield 310-363-0140



herveHervé Adou – VaLentine Songwriter Publishing (SESAC)

Hervé Adou is a producer and lyricist from Los Angeles. He is currently composing music for a television pilot C Squared, which will likely air on the LOGO Network. Adou was also recently commissioned to compose music for the United Negro Women Council’s annual Red Ribbon Fair, a celebrity fundraiser designed to benefit HIV Healthcare and Awareness. The driving philosophy behind Hervé’s compositions is the axiom, “Music has no boundaries, and neither should creativity.”



hitbangazThe Hitbangaz – Notting Hill Music Publishing (ASCAP)

Damario Lashine and Carlos Jenkins form the songwriting collective known as the Hitbangaz. Rapper Xzibit, multi-platinum Japanese recording star A.I., and Pop artist Che’Nelle have all benefited from the Hitbangaz’s contributions. Having also worked in television, the duo helped produce the leading single for the official Michael Jackson Tribute concert of 2011. They’ve been recently working with City High/R&B Diva Claudette Ortiz and currently producing the comeback album for R&B group Next. Lashine says, “Receiving our first international number one Platinum record,” was a career defining moment. Contact:



hollisHollis – Good Lucky Money Publishing (BMI)

The beautifully distorted voice on Macklemore’s “White Walls” belongs to Hollis, a Seattle producer, singer, songwriter and overall creative magnet. Hollis, who co-wrote both “White Walls” and “Wings” with Macklemore, also fronts an emerging indie electronic band called the Flavr Blue whose videos have been featured on Complex and Esquire. In addition to growing the Flavr Blue, Hollis is focused on expanding her collaborations and network in co-writing studio sessions in LA.



inkInk – Pub Co Designee (BMI)

Comprised of Kenyatta Blakely and Joseph Barrett, Ink are a pair of top line writers and vocal arrangers. On their mission to perpetually create happiness through music, Ink pulls from a vast cache of influences that includes Usher, Eminem and Justin Timberlake. Most recently credited on Akini Blake’s “Wild Life,” Ink are continuing to make their names known with session work directed toward Sevyn Streeter, Avery Wilson, JoJo and Collin Brooks. Contact:



jadaJADA (Jade Schuneman) – Warner Chappell Music Publishing (PRS)

Every era of contemporary music has had forward thinking British writers to evoke the endlessness of what music can mean. Jade Schuneman is such a writer for this generation. She co-penned Joel Compass’ immaculate mid-tempo “Forgive Me” as well as two songs with British upstart Jacob Banks. Signed to Warner Chappell by Big Jon Platt, Jada is keeping herself occupied with session work for Elle Varner’s new album, Knox Brown’s new album and her own EP, among a host of other projects. Contact:



jamalbrookinsJamal Brookins – (ASCAP)

Newark-native Jamal Brookins is a hidden gem of a producer-songwriter. A relative unknown who has recently flourished under new management, Jamal has been making his rounds and building a phenomenal catalogue that can be sampled on his SoundCloud. His well-tempered sound bears the indelible influence of classic R&B as practiced by Babyface and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. New work with Gordon Chambers and Ryan Michaels promises to be his best yet.



jproofJameel “JProof” Roberts – Gye Nyame Music/SonyATV Music Publishing (ASCAP)

Known for co-producing hits for Omarion (“You Like It”) and Nicki Minaj (“Right By My Side”), Philly-based producer Jameel “JProof” Roberts has been building a name for himself for quite some time. “Everything you need to be great is already inside you,” he says. Those words are even more true thanks to his recent help in producing Usher’s blazing single, “Good Kisser.” Look for JProof’s talents in upcoming projects from J. Cole, Jill Scott and Kendrick Lamar. Contact:



jayyungbossJay a.k.a. Yung Boss – Royalty Network (ASCAP)

Producer, arranger, composer and recording artist Jay a.k.a. Yung Boss [left, pictured with Drake] came into the game with Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag” (No. 5 Billboard Rap Songs) and has slowly snowballed into a consistent force in Southern Hip-Hop with credits that include “Hold Me Back” by Rick Ross and “Cruisin” by T.I. On a consistent hunt for placements, Jay is inspired by the longevity of Hip-Hop icons such as P Diddy and Dr. Dre.

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