COMPOSERS & SONGWRITERS
Multi-award-winning songwriter / Composer Alex Geringas has garnered international-acclaim for both his songs and scores. His music has earned him awards and recognition on several continents including a Grammy award, Emmy and Annie nominations and two Echo awards (the German equivalent to a Grammy).
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Alex Geringas was an actor, playwright and stage director and studied composing in Hamburg, Germany before he started his scoring career with the HANNI & NANNI-Trilogy Winner of a "Bambi" (German Film Award) and the international version of MEN IN THE CITY 2 with Till Schweiger. In 2015, he scored Warner Bros' I'M OFF THEN which became one of the most successful movies in Germany that year. As a songwriter and producer, Geringas had eighteen #1 Hits worldwide, including eleven # 1 hits in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, six #1 hits in Japan, two #1 in South Korea. Alex Geringas' publisher pitched one of his original songs to Kelly Clarkson, DARK SIDE; her record label released the song as a single. He then decided to relocate to Los Angeles with his wife and two kids. Alex Geringas is currently scoring the Dreamworks Animated Television hit series HOME, ADVENTURES WITH TIP AND OH. He is Annie nominated for his score. In addition to scoring the series, he has written original songs performed by music icons including Cher, Kelly Clarkson, Dove Cameron, and Boy George.
In 2015, Geringas earned an Emmy nomination for his song "Who's da King," the main title from ALL HAIL KING JULIEN. His other theme songs for animated series include WORD PARTY and VOLTRON,LEGENDARY DEFENDER, both currently airing on Netflix. Additionally, he contributed songs for the PBS Show SPLASH AND BUBBLES. In the game show category, Geringas has written themes for BEAT SHAZAM (FOX) and SING YOUR FACE OFF (ABC) Alex Geringas music for the big screen includes end title songs for ICE AGE 5 (sung by Jessie J), THE NUT JOB 2 ,WOODY WOODPECKER (theme and all songs) and for THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE where he also contributed additional music. Other original song contributions include the TV series' THE MUPPETS (ABC), TRAINING DAY (CBS) and CSI (CBS). Alex Geringas wrote eight original songs for Dreamworks Animation's new Christmas Musical HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS performed by Kelly Clarkson, Ben Schwartz and the cast of the show. Premiering this January for Alex Geringas is scoring Dreamworks/Netflix series TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON. He is also score producer and contributed additional music for PITCH PERFECT 3. He also wrote Christmas songs for the Robert De Niro and Uma Thurman film THE WAR WITH GRANDPA as well as original songs for the Melissa McCarthy film HAPPYTIME MURDERS.
Charity Daw is a Cuban-American Singer and Songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. She has written RIAA certified songs for Disney's chart-topping Descendants Franchise that includes a #1 on Billboard 200, as well as Disney Channel's Liv & Maddie, firekid (Atlantic Records), Mattel's American Girl (film series), Jordan Fisher (Hamilton), Alyson Stoner, Bella Thorne, We The Kings, Porsha Williams & Melissa Gorga of The Real Housewives franchise, and Andrew Dice Clay's Showtime Series DICE.
Songs she has written have been performed on The Grand Ole Opry, Dancing With The Stars, Dancing With The Stars: Juniors, Good Morning America, The Today Show and The Radio Disney Music Awards.
As a performer she has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Today Show, NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center, Good Day L.A., and Hallmark's Home and Family.
Drew Seeley is 6X platinum, Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter best known for his smooth pop/r&b vocals. He’s written and performed on various albums such as High School Musical, Cheetah Girls, Jump In, Austin & Ally, Wizards of Waverly Place, Shake It Up, Disney Christmas, Radio Disney Hits, etc. Drew has placed songs on numerous Hallmark films, and abroad with many current J-pop and K-pop artists. His solo albums have spawned 7 music videos and 3+ years of tour dates across America. Currently, he is the lyricist for an upcoming movie-musical called Back To One, drawing inspiration from his starring turns in Jersey Boys and The Little Mermaid on Broadway.
Joachim Schluter is a Multi-Platinum awarded composer and producer based in Hamburg/Germany as well as a high-in-demand studio guitarist.
Started as a songwriter with massive success for German bands like “Echt” and “Christina Stürmer,” he moved on to scoring the highly successful Family Entertainment Trilogy “Hanni & Nanni” for Universal Pictures Germany, “Kaept’n Blaubaer,” and one of the most successful Warner Brothers Germany Movie in 2016 “Ich Bin Dann Mal Weg.” His U.S. credits include the reality TV shows “Funderdome” (including the main title theme), “Mariah World,” “Beat Shazam,” “Page Six,” “Making It,” “Impractical Jokers (Season 6),” and “Family Food Fight.”
As a guitarist you can find his work in “Ice Age 5,” “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” “Pitch Perfect 3,” and on records for Anastacia, The Veronicas, and on other countless German film and tv shows, ads, and records.
Karam Salem is an award-winning composer based in Los Angeles. Karam was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. He has developed a strong passion for music and believes that music is the language for expressing his emotions and ideas. He started his career in music at a very young age as a pianist. He had the honor to perform at historical stages such the Babylon and many other sites in the Middle East. At age 12, Karam was invited to represent his country as a pianist to perform in front of the First Lady of Jordan.
Because of the dangerous situation in Baghdad, Iraq, Karam relocated to Syria in 2006 as a refugee. Two years later, he received a full-tuition scholarship to study at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana because of his talent in music. Later on, Karam enhanced his skills at the Film Scoring Program at UCLA, where he worked and studied with Hollywood's award-winning composers and orchestrators to craft his art.
Karam's music has been heard on television, independent films, feature films, web series, documentaries, and concert halls around the U.S. and the Middle East. Karam's love for suspense, action, and drama genre can be heard in his music.
Jochen Schild, from Böblingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, studied Jazz and Pop Music at the Music University of Stuttgart, Germany, and at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Art, Liverpool, England.
As a singer, keyboardist and musical director, he performed all around the world, playing with several artists, bands and orchestras, including the Hit Musicals “Mamma Mia!,” “Wicked,” and “Dance of the Vampires” at the Stage Palladium Theatre, Stuttgart, Germany. As a composer, producer, and engineer, he contributed his work to blockbusters and movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Madly Madagascar,” “Iron Man,” “Bee Movie,” and “Poseidon.” Jochen also wrote and produced music for TV series such as “Impractical Jokers,” “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader,” “Temptation Island,” and “Paradise Hotel.”
His music has earned him awards and recognition in several countries including two Global Music Awards for his arrangements and production of the Classic-Pop Project Incanto ft. German Filmorchestra Babelsberg.
HOPE BARTIMIOLI THAL
Hope Bartimioli Thal (H.B. Thal) is a composer, songwriter and vocalist based out of Los Angeles. She studied classical voice at Grand Canyon University in Arizona before moving to LA to study Film Scoring at UCLA Extension. Since graduating in 2017 she has been writing on various independent projects including 2018 LA Live Festival Best Short film winner: Cat’s Outta the Bag. She is a composer at Joy Music House, a score production company started by composer Catherine Joy which offers services including music preparation, orchestrating, and everything else that goes into creating a great score. In March, 2019 H.B. released a self titled 4 song EP on all platforms showcasing her skills as a songwriter as well as joining the administrative team of The AWFC (The Alliance for Women Film Composers), as the Director of Communications. Hope has a passion for story telling through score and songwriting. Weather it is assisting other composers or working with filmmakers she loves to collaborate and be a part of bringing stories to life.
Wil Fuller aka Tha Vill
Wil Fuller is an Emmy nominated writer, producer, rapper, vocalist, and composer. A Chicago native now living in Los Angeles. As an artist, Wil aka Tha Vill, has had success across international markets with his singles "Ride It" and "We On Fire" along with other online album releases. As a writer, producer, and vocalist, you can hear some of Vill's work on shows like Dreamworks All Hail King Julien, Home,Trolls the beat goes on, as well as other major networks like Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, MTV 2, BET and more. He has also worked on major film releases like Ice Age 5, The Nut Job 2, Sponge Bob and more.
Sean Gould is a producer/songwriter/mixer and film/TV composer based in Los Angeles. A native New Yorker, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA before spending several years playing in NYC bands and honing his engineering skills. Having signed a recording deal with Atlantic Records, he spent time touring the United States before deciding to pursue a career in the studio full-time.
Amanda Duran is a Mexican-American composer, songwriter and vocalist based in Los Angeles, California. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring. Prior to studying at Berklee, Amanda studied voice, classical piano, jazz piano, and music theory at the prestigious Colburn School of Performing Arts.
Since graduating from Berklee in 2017, Amanda has composed for several award winning shorts, worked as an independent contractor for DreamWorks Animation Television and Puny Entertainment, and assisted on a CW television series.
Outside of film scoring, Amanda is passionate about advocating for the arts in schools and is currently a member of the Youth Advisory Council for the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective. The Collective is an organization that is helping to build support and shape a new LA County regional plan for all students to receive arts education.
Currently Amanda composes for film and television, writes and arranges for other artists, and is a keyboardist and singer in an alternative indie rock band.
Gabe Lopez has recently crossed the US and UK opening for Belinda Carlisle on her 2014-2017 tours at venues such as the Indigo at the O2, Manchester Academy, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Fonda in LA and B.B. King's NYC. His album “God Bless The Queens”was released on November 9, 2018 on Spectra Records and distributed through Sony, which debuted in the Top 100 New Releases and Top 200 on iTunes.
The Cali boy's songs are currently spinning on Sirius XM Radio, iHeart Radio, and FM radio - most recently his new singles "Lasso,” “Vivian & Valerie” and "California Blues," which features the pop icon Belinda Carlisle. With his sassy and gritty Pop-rock flavored music, Gabe was voted by Music Connection Magazine as one of L.A.'s Hot 100 Artists. He is signed to Rondor/Universal as a songwriter, and he has produced and written for Belinda Carlisle, New Kids On The Block, Joey McIntyre, James Brown, Krayzie Bone, Charice, Koryn Hawthorne, Tyler Hilton, Ms. Triniti, Shinee, Key, Tae Yang, Comedy Central’s The Other Two, Superjunior, Dreamnote, Streetlight Harmonies Soundtrack, IN2IT, Verivery, Emery Kelly, Varsity Fanclub, and more.
Shuai Ren is a Film and TV composer based in LA and Beijing. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Renmin University of China and her Master's Degree in Public Policy from University of California, Los Angeles. She also got her film scoring certificate in UCLA. Shuai has been a Film and TV composer since 2005. Shuai has composed music in a wide range including TV shows, feature films and documentaries and over 100 songs. She is a Hollywood Music in Media Awards nominated composer.