Roll Call 2014: Career Defining Moments (Names K-Z)

Here is Part 2 of Amalgamation’s Annual Roll Call (K-Z). Listed are the remaining 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. To view Part 1, please visit http://www.amalgamationmag.com/website/?p=5377

kameechiKameechi – D.T.D. Entertainment (ASCAP)

“Failure is the tuition for success; pay it off,” says producer, song- writer and artist Kameechi. It’s a motivational philosophy for the musician responsible for Brooke Hogan’s single, “2Much.” Thanks to Kameechi’s behind-the-boards work, the track charted to No. 1 on Baltimore radio station 92.Q and with over 500,000 total plays on YouTube; not bad for someone who cites Kanye West and Jay-Z as influences. Never settling for just one hit, he’s now working on song references for Future, Usher and Diggy. Contact: Kameechinyc232@gmail.com

 

 

kasualKasual Kas – Cotter/Brown, Author Writers (BMI)

Songwriter Kasual Kas has the potential to be a force within music since signing his recent writing deal with Twin Gem. Working with writing partner Guylaire Leon Jr., the duo will lend their expertise to upcoming projects for Jay Sean and Cassie. Besides working with established artists, Kas is assisting the development of Author Writers’ first artist Chantel. “I hope my music doesn’t only change my life but also changes the lives of others,” Kas says. www.twitter.com/KasualKas Knox Brown Warner Chappell Music Publishing Lending his co-writing abilities to Mary J. Blige (“Bad Year”), Emeli Sande (“Devilish”) and Wretch32 (“Blackout”), UK-native Knox looks at music as something for everyone. “I see music as art and there are many different genres to get us through different situations,” he says. Inspired by Quincy Jones, Pharrell, Timbaland and Kanye West, Knox has made himself a well-rounded musician. While working on Emeli Sandé and Jess Glynne’s next project, Knox is preparing his own release as a solo artist. www.twitter.com/knoxbrown

 

kyledionKyle Dion – Pub Co Designee (ASCAP)

Jazz and Michael Jackson were the childhood interest of Kyle Dion. Formerly known as Kyle B., the songwriter and recording artist has possessed a passion for music since a very young age. “When I wrote my first song at nine-years-old, I knew I wanted to be involved in music for the rest of my life,” says Dion. Besides working on his mixtape, Dion continues to collaborate on songs from emerging indie MC Hi-Rez. Contact: LaunchProject@me.com

 

 

ladyremedyLady Remedy – Ange Jolie Publishing (ASCAP)

“Artistically gifted and the embodiment of cool,” is the self-description of Lady Remedy. Inspired by some of music’s most talented women a la Nina Simone, Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill, among others, Remedy isn’t stopping until she reaches those ranks. Although Remedy doesn’t believe her career defining moment has come yet, the moves she’s making ensure that the inevitable is possible. Not only is she contributing to PTAF’s (Pretty Taking All Fades) Capitol Records debut and Alyxx Dione’s upcoming EP, expect a solo project from Remedy as well. Contact: gotremedy@gmail.com

 

 

lyricjonesLyric Jones – Jones 4 Lyric Publishing (SESAC)

When the multi-talented artist Lyric Jones isn’t finding inspiration from Hip-Hop greats such as Queen Latifah and Pharoahe Monch, then it’s the old school soundings of Stevie Wonder that contribute vintage substance. That musical knowledge has gotten her co-writing/ artist features with Esperanza Spalding, M-Dot, The Quakers, Chino XL, and more. Her drumming ability has even gained her international praise outside of performing next to J. Cole and Shelia E. Expect Jones to release an album soon. Contact: thelyricjones@gmail.com

 

 

mauricefonsonMaurice Fonson – WhatsYoMo Music Publishing (SESAC)

“I say it all the time … just reach your own level,” advises the 2009 Grammy-nominated singer- songwriter Maurice Fonson. Working his way to reaching the level of music legends like Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Linda Perry, Fonson is already at work on Sevyn Streeter’s upcoming project along with sending submissions to Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson. Never one to become complacent, he hopes to get another chance at the golden statue soon. www.twitter.com/MauriceFonson

 

 

kenoeMaurice “Kenoe” Jordan – Kenoe Music Publishing/Universal Music Publishing (BMI)

Influenced by some of the biggest Hip-Hop producers ranging from Dr. Dre to DJ Toomp, Kenoe is working diligently to join a new generation of mega-producers. Kenoe’s credits consist of Nicki Minaj’s “Beez in Da Trap,” Jay-Z’s “A Star is Born,” and T.I.’s “Memories Back Then” featuring B.O.B & Kendrick Lamar. He knows how important a persistent grind is. “It takes hard work and hustle to have a successful career,” Kenoe says. Look for Kenoe’s production on upcoming tracks by Young Jeezy, Nicki Minaj and T.I., along with music from newcomers Black Metaphor and the Beat Bully. Contact: nightrydas@gmail.com

 

 

mikeymikeMikey Mike – Rondor Music Publishing (BMI)

Inspired by “anyone doing things a little different from the last guy,” Mikey Mike is coming into his own as a producer and songwriter. It doesn’t hurt that he earned his first Grammy due to his work on “Jump” from Rihanna’s 2012 Unapologetic album. Ensuring that the hits keep coming, Mikey Mike is lending his talents to upcoming projects from Sway Clarke, Eliza Doolittle and 5 Seconds of Summer. “It’s not where you take it from, it’s where you take it to,” he says. Contact: mikeymikemusic@gmail.com

 

 

milksizzMilk + Sizz – MilkNSizz/Radio to Tower Music (SESAC)

Having a progressive sound has given Milk + Sizz the ability to cover a slew of genres like Hip-Hop, R&B and Reggaeton, even winning a Grammy and Latin Grammy Award for Wisin & Yandel’s triple-Platinum album, Los Extraterrestres. Inspired by Ashford and Simpson, Timbaland and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, the production duo has some major plans for leaving their mark on the music industry; that includes working with artists on Interscope, Columbia and Roc Nation. “Do good work and do good business,” Milk says. Contact: Milknsizz.assist@gmail.com

 

 

nedNed Cameron – SonyATV (ASCAP)

Songwriter and producer Ned Cameron has some major credits through his production with Wiz Khalifa (“Hope” off Blacc Hollywood) in addition to a dozen songs performed by Kid Ink, from the EP Almost Home , and Ink’s full-length album, My Own Lane . Inspired by Quincy Jones, Dave Matthews, Kat Stevens and Eric Clapton, Cameron is nowhere near slowing down. When describing his outlook on music, Cameron quotes Mozart: “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between,” he says. www.twitter.com/ NedCameron

 

 

parisjonesParis “PeeJ” Jones – BMG Chrysalis

While she’s landing songwriting credits for Meek Mill (“I Don’t Know”), Wiz Khalifa (“True Colors” featuring Nicky Minaj) and Diggy Simmons (“My Girl”), Paris Jones is also working as a solo artist on Atlantic Records. “Signing to Atlantic was a big deal for me and proved that I could do what I set my mind to,” Jones says. Outside of working on her Walking Around Pools EP, she’s working on music for B.O.B.’s upcoming project, and the Fast & Furious 7 soundtrack. www.twitter. com/justpeej

 

 

printzboardPrintz Board – Atlas Music Group

“Dreams don’t work unless you do,” says producer and songwriter Printz Board. Influenced by some of music’s greats including Quincy Jones, Prince, James Brown, Rick Rubin and Lenny Kravitz, Printz Board is known for creating some of the biggest hits for The Black Eyed Peas from “Where is The Love?” to “Meet Me Halfway.” Putting the finishing touches on his upcoming debut album, Board Games, Printz Board just finished touring domestically and internationally with Cee Lo Green. Contact: Jennifer Blakeman Jennifer@ atlasmusicgroup.com

 

 

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Q n’ Ace – Pub Co Designee Q/Ace (BMI)

Production- songwriting team Q n’ Ace are busy working with indie artists A3 and Kyle Dion—finishing up work on the latter’s upcoming mixtape Sixes and Sevens . Their career-defining moment so far was walking into the studio and unexpectedly meeting singer-songwriter Kyle Dion. Influenced by Stevie Wonder, Kanye West and Michael Jackson, they have one simple explanation for their talents, stating: “All I can give is what I have and all I have God gave it to me.” Look for Q n’ Ace’s work to make the major record label rounds soon. Contact: QuenAce@gmail.com

 

 

rioR!O – L.O.V.E. Music LLC/BMG Chrysalis (ASCAP)

R!O has produced songs for the likes of Meek Mill, Rich Porter, Rick Ross, Adrian Marcel, Tank and Chris Brown. While many producers and songwriters of R!O’s position may find working with the highest caliber of artists a highlight, this Chicago-native says his career- defining moment came when, “Finding my co-producer Kamo, my keyboard player Jon Buice, and my guitarist Leo Boland. We’ve been creating sounds that have been heard but in a way never heard before.” R!O is working on new music with Meek Mill, Adrian Marcel, DJ Drama, and the Bibi Bourelly Project. Contact: mp3riio@gmail.com

 

 

rahimRahim Roberts – (BMI)

Thank The Dream, Tricky Stewart and Rico Love for inspiring a new generation of songwriters like Rahim Roberts. His fearlessness has lead him to penning tracks for Ghostface Killah, something he calls the biggest moment of his career so far. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure,” says Roberts. Look for him to lend his expertise to upcoming projects from Aaron Camper and Stevie Rockit. Contact: Mike@newmovesmanagement.com

 

 

rahkiRahki – Producer Pizza/Rondor Music Publishing (ASCAP)

Finding musical inspiration from Quincy Jones, DJ Khalil and Pharrell, Rahki is becoming one of the more-sought after producers in urban music. Lending his talents to Eminem’s “Won’t Back Down,” the Grammy-nominated musician also helped create tracks for Kendrick Lamar (“Black Boy Fly”) and Aloe Blacc (“I’m the Man”). Look for Rahki’s production to make King Kendrick’s sophomore project, the debut from Common Kings and Wale’s follow-up to Gifted. Contact: rahkibiz@gmail.com

 

 

reyreelRaymond “Rey Reel” Martin – SonyATV/EMI (BMI)

“My most defining moment would be having my first placement ever come from Beyoncé,” says producer and songwriter Rey Reel. Yes, his first songwriting credit was “Flawless” from the Pop Queen’s self-titled fifth studio album. If scoring major placements on a Beyoncé album weren’t enough, Reel has placed his tracks with Drake (“Trophies”) and Mariah Carey (“Thirsty”). Not bad for someone inspired by Hit-Boy, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Quincy Jones and his own sister, Kisha Casey. www.twitter.com/ReyReel

 

 

richierichRichie Rich – Richie Rich Music (ASCAP)

“Music is not what I do, it is who I am,” says producer Richie Rich. Credited with working with Herbie Handcock, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and The L.A. Dream Team, Rich says, “The best moment was simply hearing my music on terrestrial radio.” Having such a diverse catalogue makes sense, considering his influences range from Cameo to Quincy Jones. Rich says that he has a host of R&B, Rap and EDM tracks coming. Contact: peacepower777@gmail.com

 

 

robertestwallerRobert “E.S.T.” Waller – Black Owned Musik LLC/Notting Hill Music Publishing (ASCAP)

Waller is a jack of many trades: writer, vocal arranger, producer, and lyric conceptualist. Writing classics for Destiny’s Child (“Cater To You”), Beyoncé (“Baby Boy” and “Me, Myself & I”) and Trey Songz (“All The Ifs”) makes Robert “E.S.T.” Waller a go-to penman of hits. He’s even made enough noise to catch the attention of well-respected veterans. “Getting called from the legendary Kenneth Gamble to ask about some work I did on my nephew CJ Hilton— at that moment I realized I was king,” he explains. Contact: blackmogul215@yahoo. com

 

 

robertnormanRobert Norman – Electric Ink Stainz Publishing (ASCAP)

Songwriter Robert Norman says, “Taking the step to move from Houston to L.A. to pursue my music was the biggest move of my career.” Making that risk is paying off in full. Not only has Norman penned Vali Porter’s “Muah,” he penned “Gone” from Brandy & Ray J’s A Family Business compilation. Writing for a plethora of artists, Norman should be releasing his own album, I’m Robert Norman, in the near future. Contact: imrobertnorman@gmail.com

 

 

samscorceseSam Scorcese – Number1HitSongs/ DaGoldTouchMusicGroup (SESAC)

Sam’s career defining moment was enjoying a meeting with Warner Music A&R President Mike Caren. Since then, he’s honed a unique sound well enough to catch the attention of some heavyweights. That means working on projects for artists on Atlantic and Island Records along with South Korea-based YG Entertainment. Sam says, he’s looking to collaborate with hitmakers, songwriters, and topliners in the urban and pop genres; signed or unsigned. Contact: dagoldtouch@gmail.com

 

 

selasiSelasi – Selton Music (ASCAP)

Major publishers are keeping an eye on this talented producer and songwriter, whose credits consist of Jagged Edge’s “Turn You On,” Raekwon’s “Snake Pond,” and the Rick Kidz “RIP Trayvon.” Selasi has more recently been working with newbie Curtis Fields, and projects for veteran Soul singers Anthony Hamilton and Freddie Jackson. With musical influences ranging from Dr. Dre and Dr. Luke, Selasi’s personal motivator is, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” www.twitter.com/selasimusic

 

 

Layout 1Sha Sha Jones – Ecinuahs Senoj Music/Warner Chappell Music (ASCAP)

Collaborating with heavy weight producers Harmony Samuels, Boi-1da, Young Yonny and Danja Handz has placed Sha Sha Jones in a position to become one of the most important songwriters of today. Some of her biggest credits include Omarion’s “M.I.A.” and Tamar Braxton’s “The One.” In her transition to solo artist, the Oakland-native has released three mixtapes and is preparing a solo project in the future. www.twitter.com/shashajones

 

 

sirjamesSir James Royal – Sir James Publishing (ASCAP)

Producer, songwriter and recording artist Sir James Royal has an eclectic taste of influences ranging from Danny Elfman to Shalamar and OutKast. Outside of writing for Raymond Luke Jr., he sang background for Jennifer Hudson’s 2007 Academy Awards performance. Not bad for someone who began their career as a celebrity cupcake baker. In the meantime, Royal is working on his debut project, Big Game James, and shooting a documentary set for release this fall. Instagram: @sirjamesroyale

 

 

soakysirenSoaky Siren – Loft 13 Publishing (BMI)

“This year was the first time I heard a record I wrote played on the radio,” says songwriter Soaky Siren. “Needless to say, I was swerving on the 405 blasting Danity Kane’s “Lemonade.” That’s not all that’s up under her sleeve as she’s also helped pen songs for JoJo, Jasmine Villegas and Tyga. Influenced by Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and OutKast, Siren has more potential hits on the way from Chloe & Halle and Tori Kelly, among others. Contact Mike Brown: mike@xxivmanagement.com

 

 

swaggrceliousSwagg R’celious – SonyATV (SESAC)

Songwriter/producer Swagg R’celious has worked with reality TV star and singer K. Michelle on Rebel-lious Soul Musical, teen sensation Gabi Wilson and Gospel group Livre. However, there are some situations that will forever stick in his mind. “Two defining moments for me were meeting and working with Babyface and Brandy,” said Swagg R’celious. “Both are artists, whose artistry and genius, I have long admired.” Expect to see his work with Tiara Thomas and Dawn Richards soon. Contact: arcelioustheproducer@gmail.com

 

 

tdotTDOT – Memoirs of Dotsquiat/Atlas Music Publishing (BMI)

Inspired by the works of Wyclef Jean, Phil Collins and Jay Z, TDOT, a singer, songwriter, and rapper, lives by one motto: “The wrong thing can’t hap- pen when you’re doing the right thing,” he says. That attitude has given him the ability to collaborate with producers DJ Mustard, Cardiak and songwriter Makeba. TDOT is working alongside Kieran Alleyne and Tamar Braxton on upcoming releases as well as the debut of his forthcoming solo album. Contact: suchaboss@gmail.com

 

 

tommiebTommie B – SkriptKeepas Incorporated/Royalty Network (ASCAP)

Assisting Day 26 (“This Christmas”) and Syleena Johnson (“The Champ” and “No Beginner”) has been Tommie B’s claim to fame. He’s promoting his first solo EP entitled #MoodMusic. Released early in June, the project features David Hollister, Willie Taylor, Max-A-Million, John Blu and one of Tommie B’s writers Mashan Da’Lyric. “Nobody can beat you at being you,” says an inspired Tommie B. Contact: Info@SkriptKeepas.com

 

 

torranceesmondTorrance “Street Symphony” Esmond – Track or Die Music/Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI)

Producer and songwriter Torrance “Street Symphony” Esmond is considered one of Southern Hip-Hop’s best. His credits include 2 Chainz (“Trap Back”) and Lecrae (“Tell the World”). “I was invited to a listening session by MMG A&R Dallas Martin and while playing music, Rick Ross extended his hand to give me props,” says Esmond, when referring to his career defining moment. “Afterwards DJ Toomp pulled me to the side and told me I had some serious heat.” Esmond is currently working on new music for Yo Gotti, Lil Boosie, 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. www.twitter.com.istreetsymphony

 

 

wowjonesWow Jones – MAE.I.Music Publishing (ASCAP)

“Timbaland heard my music, then looked at me and said, ‘Wow, you’re one of us,’” says producer Wow Jones. Influenced by Herbie Hancock, Devanté and Baltimore City, Jones has placements with artists such as Ray J and JimiJames. With JimiJames’ upcoming indie DarkDayzBrightNights EP around the corner, look for Jones’ handiwork to play a significant part in Jimi’s new sound. Contact: mrwowjones@gmail.com

 

 

zairewebsterZaire Webster – (BMI)

Bay Area producer/arranger Zaire Webster is working on building his brand Bossable Beatz when he’s not collaborating on new music alongside Hip-Hop’s Young Wavy Godz United. Creating hits for HWY-Foe and KMZ has come with one understanding Webster has about life: “If you have to ask, you’ll never know,” he says. Soundcloud.com/BossableBeatz – Contact: songhay.taylor@gmail.com