Member Highlight: Rado Randriamamonjy

I have immensely enjoyed getting to know Rado over the last few months. Not gonna lie, I'm a little biased because we share a love for blues, soul, and funk, which clearly influences his compositions. I appreciate his willingness to give us a peek into his process—the way he teases out a juicy chord or harmony and massages it into a song is super inspiring!

Meet Rado

Rado is from San Francisco, CA

What do you do during the day?

I'm a full time musician/music educator. ive been playing for a living for about 20 yrs. and i have 2 small teaching businesses in SF. private music education and a preschool music business.

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Artist Highlight: Devin James

It is my joy to introduce Devin. When he first started showing up at our meetings, he was ZOOMing in from Guatemala, doing music full-time. The way his songwriting has evolved over this past year illuminates how dedicated he is.

What do you do during the day?

I’ve recently relocated back to the US after living abroad for some years. So right now, songwriting and music is what I’m continuing to work on while looking towards what and where the next step is.

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Artist Highlight: Clark Moorman

I am so glad to highlight this fine fellow. Clark has been with our community for a few seasons now. Besides being super supportive to his fellow songwriters, sharing his unique process and wonderful music, he holds a special place in my heart. Clark gave me a nudge at a crucial juncture in the life of this community.

Last year I was struggling with our platform. I spent way too much time chasing down tech issues and worrying about crashing the website. I wanted to build a community. Clark suggested I look into the Mighty Networks platform. After researching it, I begun the monumental process of moving our community to a new platform. I am so grateful I did. Now, I get to focus on building an infrastructure that nurtures humanity—more events, workshops, discussion topics, collaborations, to name a few. It's also freed me up to focus more on my songwriting. Thank you, Clark! This community would not be what it is today without you, my friend.

Meet Clark

Clark is from Bozeman, MT, United States

What do you do during the day?

I just finished grad school in November and am currently seeking employment as a nonprofit program evaluation consultant.

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Artist Highlight: Louis Beeler

Within three seconds of meeting Louis, I knew we would be in each other's lives somehow in the future. We first met at the 2019 CD Baby DIY conference in Austin, Texas. I discovered that we share a vision for supporting and lifting up fellow musicians. He provides a performance space called tinystageconcerts.com. Check it out if you are in the Charlotte, NC area. After about a year of slow-drip invitation, I finally talked him into doing a hundred days with us. This fall, he jumped in with fingers and pen blazing. Both his output and encouragement were incredible. It is truly a pleasure having this genuine and kind-hearted soul part of our community.

Meet Louis

Louis is from Charlotte, NC, USA.

What do you do during the day?

I am a copier technician/network specialist for an office equipment company.

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Artist Highlight: Joe Thompson

It's been a delight getting to know Joe. He has spent a lifetime cultivating his creative side, and it's fascinating to watch him turn a spark of an idea into a song. He has consistently contributed original work and has been a great encourager of others. I am thrilled that Joe found our community!

Meet Joe

Joe is from Annapolis, MD, USA.

What do you do during the day?

Well I’ve been a pirate, a poet, a teacher, a designer, a director, a playwright, and a bartender and now I’m retired. Or repurposed. When there is no epidemic I am a pirate for kids at a local bookstore, playing original sea shanties.

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Artist Highlight: Robin Owens

I met Robin at the CD Baby DIY conference last year in my hometown Austin, Texas. At the time, she was starting her senior year at Berklee School of Music in Boston. I was fascinated by the fact that she took classes from Pat Pattison, who I have developed a songwriting man-crush on over the last few years. Robin is a joy and inspiration and is a fountain of songwriting information and general music nerdery. It is a real gift having her part of our community.

Meet Robin

What do you do during the day?

I'm currently pursing an MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing

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Artist Highlight: Cece Yentzen

I have known Cece for years, and it has been an absolute joy and honor to have her part of our community. She has been with us since the inception when it was mainly Austin Texas-based folk. She has an incredible intuition and sincere devotion to the mystery of being human. It shows in all of her songs.

Cece is from Austin, TX.

What do you do during the day?

I'm a homeschooling mom and music teacher.

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Artist Highlight – Dave Grandel

"I cannot say enough great things about Dave. Since the moment he joined, he has been a beacon of encouragement and enthusiasm toward his fellow songwriters. On top of that, he is a great songwriter, musician, and contributor to our community." - Rigel

Meet Dave

Dave is from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

What do you do during the day?

I’m a carpenter for the City of Regina, a landlord to one property, and I teach electric/acoustic guitar, ukulele and bass guitar two nights a week at home.

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Artist Highlight – Mandy J

"I want to introduce you to a songwriter in our community who has been a real bright spark of positivity and encouragement to myself and many others in the group. I appreciate her willingness to share her songwriting process and find ways to build up the people around her." - Rigel, our community founder.

Mandy J is from the sunny southeast of Ireland.

What do you do during the day?
During the day I am super mum, full time mother to three wonderful children. I am also studying to be a mindfulness life coach. I continue to write and practice already written songs for my up and coming album. Busy schedule, just the way I like it.

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Artist Highlight – Dave

A word from our founder, Rigel: "It has been an absolute joy getting to know Dave over the last year or so. I have learned a lot from this guy, from the heartfelt way he approaches lyrics, to his thoughtful song arrangements. Dave doesn't simply have a good songwriting habit, he cranks out completed songs at an incredible rate. I am inspired."

Meet Dave

Dave is from Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK

Dave is from Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK.

What do you do during the day (job, student, etc.)?

Day job is an unrelated admin job within an office supplies company.

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