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April 01, 2008

2008 Rock & Pop Roundup > Going Places

Whether collaborating or traveling solo, these intrepid songwriters have scoped out the pop landscape and have lit out for bright new horizons.



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Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk

RAINE MAIDA AND CHANTAL KREVIAZUK

Front-man, and singer-songwriter of the Canadian-rock group, Our Lady Peace, Raine Maida has returned to the stage in a different light. Maida incorporates the unadulterated poetic style of the 60's combined with the hip-hop grooves of today's music. Joined by his talented wife, Chantal Kreviazuk, on piano and backing vocals, Maida maintains a pure and untainted style. Both Raine Maida and wife Chantal Kreviazuk are ASCAP Pop Award winners. -ZACH PERIHAROS





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Lindy Robbins, Jess Cates, and
Emanuel Kiriakou

LINDY ROBBINS, JESS CATES, AND
EMANUEL KIRIAKOU

At a time in the music industry when securing placements is more competitive than ever, the careers of award-winning, multi-platinum selling songwriters Lindy Robbins, Jess Cates and Emanuel "Eman" Kiriakou are thriving. As a songwriting team, Cates, Kiriakou and Robbins co-wrote the recent Top 5 singles "What's Left of Me" (Nick Lachey) and "Incomplete" (The Backstreet Boys). Hailing from the San Fernando Valley (Robbins), Nashville (Cates), and Los Angeles (Kiriakou), the trio boasts team and individual cuts by artists as wildly diverse as Faith Hill, JC Chasez, Anastacia, Shaggy, Toni Braxton, LeAnn Rimes, Clay Aiken, Kimberly Locke, Bo Bice, Josh Groban, Kenny G, Wynona Judd, Burt Bacharach, Michael McDonald, Raven Symone, Chaka Khan and Joey McIntyre, among others. -AM



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The Weepies

THE WEEPIES

In 2006, The Weepies' big label debut Say I Am You came out on Nettwerk Records, following a successful selfreleased debut EP, Happiness. The duo of Deb Talan and Steve Tannen began to amass an adoring fan base by touring across America. Meanwhile, placements in over a dozen TV shows and several major movies continued to expand the reach of their songs. Mandy Moore asked them to write and perform on her Wild Hope album, and this past Christmas, JC Penney and Old Navy used Weepies tunes for major holiday TV campaigns. Their newest release, Hideaway, creates a darker companion to their last album, but as with most of The Weepies' music, there is a happy ending: Deb and Steve were married in 2007, and had a baby boy, Theo, in October. -ETAN ROSENBLOOM



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Dave Bassett

DAVE BASSETT

A Chicago native, Dave has come a long way since his days as singer/guitarist for acclaimed alternative pop band Three Day Wheely. Bassett's resume of songwriting credits h3s from heavy rockers Shinedown to pop star Josh Groban to alternative bands like Scary Kids Scaring Kids. His TV and film credits range from Grey's Anatomy to Disney's Bridge To Terabithia, while his productions include major label acts such as Sparta and Gran Bel Fisher. Operating out of his L.A. based studio, Chateau Relaxeau, Dave is consistently getting called in to work with a broad range of artists. -LW

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Josh Alexander

JOSH ALEXANDER

Josh Alexander decided early on to become a "complete songwriter"- one who writes melodies, tracks and lyrics. Landing his first publishing deal at age 20, Josh teamed up with songwriting legend Billy Steinberg to pen "Too Little Too Late" by JoJo (Winning his first ASCAP Pop Award) and the Top 10 "All About Us" by t.A.T.u. His resume flourishes with cuts by an amazing array of artists including Katharine McPhee, The Veronicas, Paris Hilton, and J.C. Chasez. The San Francisco native's current projects include work with Leona Lewis, You- Tube phenomenon Esmee Denters (the first artist signed to Justin Timberlake's new label), and the Pretenders. -AM



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Jason Reeves

JASON REEVES

Just two years ago, Jason Reeves was a 21 year-old musical prodigy living in Iowa City, Iowa. After a few chance meetings at small festivals and several trips to LA to collaborate with producers such as Mikal Blue and industry executive Ken Krongard, he co-wrote his friend Colbie Caillat's hit debut. Jason's songs of love, hope, heartbreak and renewal soon made him the #1 MySpace unsigned folk artist for more than three months, and have kept him in the Top 10 Acoustic and Top 50 overall categories. And finally, after two years, these songs are finally available on his brand new album, The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache. -LW