Jerry Harrison | Former member of Talking Heads, Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame Member, GRAMMY Nominee

jerry-harrisonJERRY HARRISON was a member of the Talking Heads from 1977 through their dissolution in 1995, He was a member of the Modern Lovers from 1971-1974. He has recorded three solo records and been a successful music producer since 1981. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has won MTV’s video of the year, multiple Surround Awards and received Grammy nominations for both music production and album design. He has produced such artists as Violent Femmes, The Von Bondies, Live, Crash Test Dummies, The Verve Pipe, No Doubt Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and many more. He was the cofounder of now iLike – the predominant musical engine of social networks: Facebook, Hi5, and Orkut. He is on the board of directors of MicroUnity Systems, The Independent Online Distribution Alliance and iLike. He taught design at Harvard University. He received an A.B in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College and studied Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.

William Bell | Iconic Stax Records Soul Singer

william-bellSoul singer, songwriter and producer WILLIAM BELL was instrumental in shaping the sound of Stax Records. Bell recorded his first sides as a member of the group the Del Rios. In 1961, he made his solo recording debut with the classic single, “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” which became one of the fledgling label’s first major hits. After a two-year stint in the Armed Forces, William released his first full-length album in 1967, the classic The Soul of a Bell, which included the Top 20 hit single, “Everybody Loves a Winner.” That same year, blues great Albert King recorded what came to be his signature tune, “Born Under a Bad Sign,” also written by Bell, which has since become one of the most-recorded blues songs. Among his other classic hits at Stax were “Any Other Way,” “Never Like This Before,” “A Tribute to a King” (William’s personal tribute to Stax legend Otis Redding), “I Forgot to be Your Lover,” his internationally-acclaimed duet with Judy Clay, “Private Number,” and the perennial Christmas music favorite, “Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday.”

Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell | GRAMMY Winner, Celebrated Audio Engineer & Musician

boo-mitchellLAWRENCE “BOO” MITCHELL is an American musician, songwriter, audio engineer, record producer and owner of Royal Studios in Memphis. His father, Willie Mitchell, operated Royal Studios and was Vice President of Hi Records. He produced and arranged music for a variety of acts including Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson and Buddy Guy. Mitchell began working with his father at a young age, accumulating rare credits and abilities. His own career began at age seventeen when he played keyboard on one of Al Green’s gospel albums which later won a Grammy award. Mitchell continued to work on albums alongside his father. Willie Mitchell died in 2010, leaving Royal Studios to “Boo.” Since 2010, Mitchell has produced or engineered a wide range of acts including Barbra Blue, Jay Gaunt, Axelle Red, Brandon O. Bailey, Solomon Burke, Cody Chesnutt, Snoop Dog, Bobby Rush, William Bell, Keb Mo, Terrence Howard and Boz Scaggs.

Martin Shore | GRAMMY Nominee and Award winning Fillmmaker/Musician/Producer

martin-shoreMARTIN SHORE began his entertainment career at fourteen as a PA for his brother’s award winning 1977 film PUNKING OUT. As a musician Mr. Shore has toured with Bo Diddley, Albert Collins, Bluesman Willie, and many others. He has produced soundtracks and has acted as music supervisor for a number of feature films, including SAW, SAW II, RIZE, and ROCK SCHOOL, among others. He has been a music producer for a variety of artists, including Yo Gotti, Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones, North Mississippi Allstars, and many others. As a feature film producer, Shore’s films have been featured in many international film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance, South By Southwest, Raindance, and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Frayser Boy | Academy Award Winner & Legendary Memphis Rapper

r12FRAYSER BOY (Cedric Coleman) is a rapper from Memphis. He began his career working in promotion for Three 6 Mafia’s Hypnotize Minds label, while working on his lyrical skills on the side. Three 6 were impressed and gave him a guest shot on La’ Chat’s 2001 album Murder She Spoke. Two years later, the Hypnotize Minds label released his solo, full-length debut Gone on That Bay. He followed with two more albums for Hypnotize Minds, Me Being Me (2005), and Da Key (2008), after which he signed to Lil Wyte’s label Wyte Music, where he teamed with rapper Partee on the mixtape “The First 48” in 2012. In 2014, Frayser Boy released B.A.R. (Bay Area Representatives), a project with Lil Wyte that was 10 years in the making.