Roll Call: Songwriter-Producer Career Defining Moments (Pgs 5 & 6)

Layout 1Nola Darling (Alex and Jaq) – Memory Lane Music Group (BMI)

This female duo specializes as lyricists, top line writers, vocal arrangers and production, in addition to being recording artists.  Check out their single “Change” by Yolanda Be Cool featuring Nola Darling.  Their career defining moments include appearing in URB Magazine’s 25 Now Issue and having their song with Yolanda Be Cool go to the top of the EDM charts in Australia, Korea and Indonesia.  They’re working on adventurous projects like the NBNP (No Bra No Panties) EP; a tribute to Pussy Riot; and a Dub/Lovers Rock inspired EP.  Management:

Layout 1Phatboiz- Homeschool Songs/ Music Chef Publishing/ BMG Chrysalis (BMI)

Together since 2007, Phatboiz is comprised of producers AllenBizkit” Arthur (saxophone), Keith “Butta” Justice (pianist) and Clayton “Gravy” Reilly (trumpet).  Their songwriting-production credits consist of John Legend featuring Ludacris’ “Tonight (Best You Ever Had),” Ne-Yo’s “Forever Now” and “Unconditional Love,” and Miguel’s “The Thrill.”  The trio is currently working on new music for Ne-Yo, RaVaughn and TLC.  All three members will attest that the John Legend “Tonight” placement was their career defining moment, along with the No. 1 Billboard post and Soul Train Award the song achieved.  Signed to Compound Entertainment, Contact:


projayProjay – Da Gass Company/Universal Music Publishing (ASCAP)

Producer Projay credits Radiohead and The Beatles as his list of influences.  Projay’s discography includes Guy Sebastian’s “Battle Scars,” Usher’s “Can You Handle It” and his signature production on Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You.”  He is currently working on Thicke’s upcoming Christmas album and new material for Pop artist Guy Sebastian.  Management: Michael Mavrolas


regalrepublicRegal Republic  – Elleganza Music, MajorGatorMusic/Kobalt Music, DKAS/Kobalt Music (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC)

The talented trio comprised of Michelle Bell, Don Parma and Saabira Chandler have collectively and separately worked with artists such as Timbaland (“Morning After”), Britney Spears (“I’ve Just Begun”), Nas (“Doo Rags”), Nick Cannon, E-40, Ceelo and DJ Premier.  Regal Republic says, “We’re writing songs we love to pitch to artists we love. We like to create a direction and write with the artist in mind, but we want everything to have our signature sound.


Layout 1Rose Jay (Rose J Chang) – One Percent Club Music (ASCAP)

The young lyricist/top line writer humbly states, “I realize I’m not like most songwriters.  I write to write, not for placements.  You can call me unambitious – it’s fine by me.  My only weekly goals are to write music and get to the beach every week.  As long as those two things are in my life, I already have it all.”  Rose – who cities Diane Warren, Ne-Yo and the Dream as influences – is currently working on submissions for Jennifer Lopez, Leona Lewis and Ollie Gabriel.  Management:


Layout 1Sam Hook – SonyATV (ASCAP)

Sam Hook is a top line writer, recording artist and frequent collaborator with superstar Chris Brown.  He co-wrote the Game’s “Pot of Gold” featuring Chris Brown; the Game’s “Celebration” featuring Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne and Tyga; and Chris Brown’s “Four Years Old.”  Sam is currently working on new music for Miley Cyrus, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy and – guess who – Chris Brown.  Sam says, “If I had to pick two artists that inspire me—Brian McKnight and Lauryn Hill; not for sound but for feeling and content.”  For inquiries,


Layout 1Sayez – Kobalt Music Group (ASCAP)

Producer and songwriter Sayez has lent his co-writing and production talents to artists Mac Miller (“Loud), Wiz Khalifa (“Paper Bond”) and Freddie Gibbs (“Freddie Soprano”).  Freddie is currently working on music for Wiz Khalifa’s new project.  Sayez credits his influences as TapeOp magazine, Kobalt Music Group and Id Labs.


Layout 1Sha Sha Jones – Ecinuahs Senoj Music (ASCAP)

From an early age Sha Sha Jones exhibited an impressive singing talent and undeniable aptitude for great songwriting.  She has collaborated with the likes of Eric Bellinger, producers Harmony Samuels, Boi 1da, Young Yonny, Danja Handz and more.  Sha Sha wrote the chart-topping R&B radio hit “MIA” for Warner Music Group/Maybach artist Omarion.  Along with Bellinger, she co-wrote the single “Back & Forth” for Sony artist Jacob Latimore.  And she earned a notable co-writing credit on the Tamar Braxton single “The One,” featuring Yung Berg.  For inquiries,

Layout 1Soaky Siren – Loft 13 Publishing (BMI)

Soaky is a talented songwriter who has gotten placements with young Pop sensations Vali, Samantha Jade and Zendaya Coleman.  She’s also working on submissions for Jennifer Hudson, Trey Songz and Rostrum recording artist Vali.  As a fan of Michael Jackson, TLC and Madonna, Soaky states, “There’s a certain kind of alchemy involved in making music.  When the right people with the right chemistry and energy are aligned, hits happen!”


Layout 1Sounwave – SonyATV (ASCAP)

The Top Dawg Entertainment camp is where Sounwave has laid a lot of musical ground. The producer-songwriter’s prominent credits include Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “M.A.A.D City,” “ADHD” and ScHoolboy Q’s “There He Go.” Sounwave continues to work with ScHoolboy Q on his Oxymoron project.  His biggest influence is Timbaland.  Sounwave says of his career defining experience: “Kendrick and I have been working together for eight years now so I think it was only right that we both defined our career at the same time from the success of ‘Good kid M.A.A.D city‘.  It just always feels that much better when you do it with the people you started with.”


Layout 1T Coles (De’Carlo) – Under The Stars Publishing / BMG (ASCAP)

T Coles is a lyricist, top line/melody writer and recording artist.  His discography of songs includes Cody Simpson’s “No Ceilings,” Chris Brown’s “Turn Up the Music” and Asher Monroe’s “Lonely Island.”  One of Coles’ career defining experiences was, “traveling Europe to write and record,” he says.  Coles has been working on new music for Maroon 5, Jason Derulo, P9, Rihanna, Usher and Afro-Jack.  For inquiries, contact


Layout 1TE’ – The Four Hundred music publishing (BMI)

TE’ is a songwriter, producer and engineer who says her career defining moment came while interning with Grammy-winning producers Dre & Vidal.  “I gained a lot from that experience,” she recalls.  TE’ later worked with the legendary Teddy Riley on the BS2 (BLACKstreet) project.  She’s currently in the studio writing and producing new records for a variety of Top-40 artists.  “I am influenced by life itself and all facets of art,” TE notes. “You can find inspiration anywhere!”



Layout 1Teeflii – Excuse my Liquor/7kingz/Peer Music Publishing (BMI)

Born and raised in South Central L.A, Teeflii got his first taste of fame appearing as a dancer in David LaChappelle’s 2005 documentary Rize and 2007’s Stomp the Yard.  Now, he’s making plenty of noise as a recording artist, thanks to one of the biggest ratchet records of the summer, “This D*ck,” released from his mixtape AnnieRUO’Tay.  This has certainly been a hot summer for Teeflii whose vocals are a hybrid of R&B and Rap.  He signed a recording deal with Epic Records in July.  For inquires, contact Ali Darwish 310-663-2237


Layout 1Tenille Johnson  – Artist Publishing Group/Warner Chappell (BMI)

Signed to the Artist Publishing Group (founded by its CEO Mike Caren), Tenille says, “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing producers and artists.  I’m looking forward to much success.”  She is a producer, lyricist, top line writer, instrumentalist, engineer and recording artist whose music influences range from pioneers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson to more contemporary singer-songwriters such as Emeli Sande, Lana Del Ray and Lauryn Hill.


Layout 1Tiffany Fred – Rondor Music Publishing (BMI)

Tiffany is a lyric, melody writer and vocal producer who has racked up placements for several young Pop artists: Zendaya Coleman’s “Replay,” Jason Derulo’s “Pick Up The Pieces” and Joe Jonas “Kleptomaniac.”  She has written with the Underdogs camp and considers being involved with Jennifer Hudson’s Grammy Award-winning debut album as a career defining moment.  Tiffany is currently working on more new music for Atlantic recording artist Sevyn, and teen sensations Zendaya Coleman and Trevor Jackson.


Layout 1Young Life aka Clarence Edward Ivy Jr. – Noizemaka Music

This up-and-coming songwriter and recording artist from the California Bay Area is working on his debut album through Noizemaka Music.  He’s already released two singles: “Bay Thing” and “Go Phone.”  “I wrote my first song, ‘Street Life,’ after the murder of my cousin by an East Palo Alto Police officer,” says Young Life. This song was played in rotation on KMEL (106.1) along with his video.  Young Life cites Michael Jackson, 2Pac and his Mom as his influences.