Don Grierson, a legendary A&R executive, has worked with many of the most notable artists in modern music history. He was involved promotionally with the launch of Apple Records and The Beatles. Don worked in record promotion internationally, principally for Capitol Records. He then became a founding member and VP, A&R, for EMI America Records, signing and working with acts such as Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes, Kate Bush, Sir Cliff Richard, J. Geils Band, and Kenny Rogers. This was followed by a very successful stint as VP, A&R back at Capitol where he signed and helped guide a number of hit-making acts, including Heart, Joe Cocker, Steve Vai, Megadeth, George Clinton, Tina Turner, Bob Seger, Duran Duran, Thomas Dolby, Billy Squier, and others. Later he became Sr. VP, Head of A&R at Sony/Epic Records working with such acts as Cheap Trick, Celine Dion, Bad English, Gloria Estefan, The Jacksons, Living Colour and Cyndi Lauper. Don currently operates his own independent consultant company and is a faculty member at Musicians Institute, Hollywood, California. Visit Don online at www.dongrierson.com.
Acknowledged as one of the American media's foremost authorities on popular music and songwriters, Dan Kimpel contributes to numerous interactive DVDs, magazines, web sites, podcasts, documentary films, videos, in flight airline audio programs, and new media. His notable interviews include conversations with Leonard Cohen, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Green Day, Metallica, Fergie, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, and Dr. Maya Angelou. Dan is the author of Electrify My Soul: Songwriters and the Spiritual Source, How They Made It: True Stories of How Music's Biggest Stars Went From Start To Stardom, Networking Strategies For The New Music Business, and Networking in the Music Business. A noted music business educator, Dan lectures at colleges, universities, and conferences across the U.S. and Canada, and for five years conducted a master class in Networking for graduating seniors at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in the UK. He is a faculty member at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where he was recently named MBP Teacher of the Year. Visit Dan online at: www.dankimpel.com.