BMI presents four sizzling hot up-and-coming songwriters at the Monday, September 10 edition of its Acoustic Lounge showcase series at Genghis Cohen: Jason Moss, Elena Mitrano, Tom Pritchard and Colin Armstrong. The Acoustic Lounge takes place the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Born in New Jersey, Jason Moss started playing guitar and writing songs at the ripe old age of ten. Soon after, his family relocated to Venezuela where his stepfather headed up the International School in Caracas. While there, Jason was introduced to the local rhythms and musical vitality of South America which continues to influence his music After moving back to the States, Jason lived in New Jersey, New York and Arizona.
While recording his first album Tumbling Down in Los Angeles, Jason fell in love with the energy of the city and settled here in 2000. Now making his living as a singer, songwriter, TV & film composer and music producer, Jason owns and operates a boutique music company called Supersonic Music.
Elena Mitrano was born in the U.S, but grew up in New Zealand. She has been to countries on all corners of the globe, speaks numerous languages and is an accomplished dancer. She has studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has a B.A in Journalism from the American University in Washington, DC. As a child, Elena was known as Hilary, daughter of Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, the center of a bitter and infamous international custody battle which thrust the unwilling child into the limelight.
Now twenty-two years old, Elena lives in Los Angeles, has reclaimed her family name and found her own voice by interpreting the tales of her unusual life, trials, tears and travels into song.The sound of San Diego band Dynamite Walls has been compared to everything from Coldplay to John Mayer, and from the Beatles to Van Morrison.
Lead vocalist and songwriter Tom Pritchard believes (along with the rest of his band) that great songs should tell a story and touch the lives of people both young and old.
“I write about everyday things, the good and the bad,” says Pritchard.
Led by his bold and honest song writing, the band has found a growing fan base that continues to demand more of the quartet’s creative works. With recent interest from major labels, Dynamite Walls is poised at the edge of stardom and eager to share their music with the world.
Twenty-five year old Colin Armstrong is a native San Diegan currently residing in Los Angeles. Colin's first break came about four years ago when he won the "BE A STAR" contest hosted by Ryan Seacrest on STAR 98.7 FM.
In 2005, Colin's song, "Lonely Fall," won Best Male Vocal and Best Song at the Orange County Music Awards. Colin also received a 2006 L.A. Music Awards nomination for “Pop Song of the Year” for his song entitled “Hey Yoko.” Colin's song "In Your Eyes" which he co-wrote with Mikal Reid, Marti Frederiksen, and Bryon Holley made it to the finals of the 2007 American Idol Songwriter contest. Colin spent the summer of '07 touring in support of his debut album Lost and Anonymous, which was released independently in June.
The Acoustic Lounge is one of many opportunities BMI offers artists to showcase their talent in front of their peers and a supportive audience. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun, offering a great opportunity to network with other aspiring and working singer/songwriters. For established writers, it provides a chance to monitor new musical trends and be involved in the grass-roots/DIY musical movement.
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. For more than 65 years, BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world, a vast repertoire that includes more than 6.5 million works. The non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.