Lyric Writer Awards


Tobin Watkinson Tobin Watkinson
Tobin Watkinson was most recently a consultant to the A&R Department at Atlantic Records while simultaneously holding the title of co-founder/partner at boutique LA based management company, Roxwell Management. Prior to co-founding Roxwell, Tobin was the Director of Artist & Repertoire at MySpace Records, a joint venture with Interscope Records. He has been awarded gold and platinum records for his early involvement in the discovery of recording artist OneRepublic. Their debut single "Apologize" has sold over 10 million singles worldwide and is one of the most legally downloaded songs in U.S. digital history. In 2008 "Apologize" broke the all-time record for the most "spins" in the history of U.S. Top 40 Radio and One Republic went on to sell nearly 2 million copies of their debut album "Dreaming Out Loud" which has been certified gold or platinum in 12 countries. In addition, Tobin has also helped launch the careers of successful touring acts Scary Kids Scaring Kids (RCA) and Madina Lake (Roadrunner/Atlantic). Prior to being recruited to help launch MySpace Records, Tobin was partnered in a joint venture with Warner Music Group and was part of the team that led business development efforts at internet music startup In addition, Tobin has worked with Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group, as well as joint ventures through Columbia Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, LLC.
Chris Farren Chris Farren
Having picked up a Grammy for Country Song of the Year with "Jesus, Take The Wheel" (Carrie Underwood), two previous Grammy nominations, 11 ASCAP Awards, and credited with over 20 million record sales and unprecedented chart activity in the past two years alone, Chris Farren is arguably one of the industry’s most prominent publisher, producer and songwriter. Hundreds of cuts with international acts including Rascall Flatts, Backstreet Boys, Ray Charles, Westlife, Michael McDonald, Warren Brothers and more, as well as movie soundtracks including “We Were Soldiers”, "Shark Tale", "My Cousin Vinnie" and "Casper", have contributed to his publishing company’s (a co-venture with Windswept Pacific) rise to the top and accolades too many to mention.
Scott Gunter Scott Gunter
Scott has been working for Almo Irving/Rondor Music (now Universal Music Publishing) for over 14 years. His professional credits include Paul Kennerley (Many Emmylou Harris and Judds hits), Will Jennings - "Please Remember Me" (Tim McGraw) & "My Heart Will Go On" (Celine Dion), Mike Reid - "I Can't Make Me Love You" (Bonnie Raitt), Craig Wiseman - "Live Like You Were Dying" (Tim McGraw), Annie Roboff - "This Kiss" (Faith Hill), Anthony Smith "Cowboys Like Us" (George Strait), Steve Robson - "What Hurts The Most" (Rascal Flatts), Wayne Hector - "Feels Like Today" (Rascal Flatts), Darrell Brown "You'll Think Of Me" (Keith Urban), Tony Mullins - "Me and My Gang" (Rascal Flatts) & Byron Hill "Nothing On But The Radio" (Gary Allan).
Andrea Stolpe Andrea Stolpe
Andrea Stolpe is a staff songwriter for Universal Music Publishing Company. For over a decade, Andrea has written songs for the commercial music industry, pitched her own material and performed as a solo artist. After relocating to Nashville, TN, Andrea began as a staff writer for EMI Music Publishing. Her experience there led to extensive work singing demos for such artists as Faith Hill and Joe Dee Messina. Andrea has collaborated with great artists such as Mike Reid, Don Schlitz, Stephen Robson and penned songs for pop and country artists including Faith Hill, Steve Azar, Josh Gracin, Shonagh Daly and Daniel Lee Martin. Her writing style spans all genres of contemporary commercial music.
Kyler England Kyler England
There's a good reason why Kyler has won numerous songwriting awards and garnered such acclaim as being named one of Music Connection Magazine's "Hot Unsigned Artists 2007" and "Best Alternative Rock Album" in the Indie Acoustic Project Awards. With a natural instinct for melody and lyrics, honed during a stint at the renowned Berklee College of Music, she crafts songs that are not only addictively catchy but full of depth. Having studied classical music theory at North Carolina State University and contemporary-pop and jazz at Berklee, Kyler is a self-professed music geek. But her music studies extend far outside the classroom. Over the last few years, she has sharpened her skills through extensive co-writing in Los Angeles, where she currently resides, and in Nashville, including with hit songwriters Dave Berg, Maia Sharp, Eve Nelson, and Kim Richey. Kyler also considers "the road" to have been one of her most important teachers, having played over 150 shows each year for the past 5 years including the Toronto Film Festival, Bele Chere Festival and opening for Sting, Annie Lennox, Melissa Etheridge, and Vienna Teng, to name a few. She has released five records on her own label, Gypsy Rock Records, and has had songs featured on TV shows including Guiding Light, Rollergirls and Zoey 101.
Henry Gaffney Henry Gaffney
Henry Gaffney, a songwriter/producer, began his career in music as a solo recording artist, releasing albums on both RCA ("Waiting For A Wind"), and United Artists Records ("On Again Off Again"). He was a staff writer for Koppleman/Bandier (EMI) for 9 years. His songs have been recorded by artists from all over the world, including: Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, The Four Tops, Jennifer Warnes, Tanya Tucker, Stephanie Mills, Glen Campbell, The Pointer Sisters, Nana Mouskouri, Chris Thompson, Peaches & Herb, Faye Wong and Camillo Sesto among many others. He wrote numerous songs for the Emmy winning Television series "Fame", in addition to other TV features and in 1987 composed, arranged and produced the original score to "Sidewalk Stories", winner of the Prix Du Public at the Cannes Film Festival.
Chris Van Belkom Chris Van Belkom
As the Creative Director at the prominent music publishing outfit, Combustion Music, Chris works closely with Nashville-based producer/songwriter and President of Combustion Music, Chris Farren (Deana Carter, Aaron Lines, Olivia Newton John, Jo Dee Messina, and the Warren Brothers), at the prominent music publishing outfit, Combustion Music. Chris' client roster includes Ashley Gorley (Carrie Underwood "Don't Forget To Remember Me" and "All-American Girl" / Jason Aldean "Laughed Until We Cried"), Blair Daly (Rascal Flatts "Stand" / Backstreet Boys "Crawling Back To You") Gordie Sampson (Carrie Underwood "Jesus Take The Wheel" / Jack Ingram "Measure Of A Man") and songwriter/producer Drew Ramsey (Marc Broussard "Home" / Robert Randolph "Ain't Nothin' Wrong With That"). Combustion's artist/writer signings include singer/songwriter Michael Logen, Neil Mason from the Warner Brothers band, American Bang, as well as Sam Brooker and Ruby Amanfu of Nashville acoustic duo, Sam and Ruby, and Blackledge Music recording artist, Josh Hoge.
Pat Pattison Pat Pattison
Pat Pattison is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches Lyric Writing and Poetry. In addition to his three books, Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses for Berklee's online school, available at He has written over 30 articles for Home & Studio Recording Magazine, and Performing Songwriter. Pat continues to present songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, and internationally in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe. Several of his students have won Grammies, including John Mayer and Gillian Welch.
Hiten Bharadia Hiten Bharadia
Hiten started his career as a singer/songwriter signed to BMG and then MCA. He was then headhunted by Universal where he worked for the next 12 years in both Marketing and A&R, while continuing to write songs as a hobby. He was responsible for the A&R and Marketing of the English language launch of Enrique Iglesias which resulted in 7 million world-wide sales. He left Universal in 2005 to follow his dream of songwriting and developing artists full time. Together with some very talented songwriters, producers and artists, he formed a new publishing, production and artist development company called Phrased Differently. The company has managed 90 song placements since its inception including three No. 1, thirteen Top 10 and eight Top 20 records around the world. As a songwriter, Hiten has collaborated with artists such as Craig David, Lemar, Ben's Brother among many more. Hiten believes that only a continuous stream of great songs can save the music industry as we know it!
Kristin Cifelli Kristin Cifelli
A schooled musician and seasoned performing songwriter, Kristin Cifelli took the music scene by storm in 1999 with the release of her debut album, Silver Bowl, to critical acclaim, earning her a Boston Music Award Nomination. Her second release, So Long My Love, brought her increased notoriety, with a Nomination for Best Album and a win for Best Song ("Show Them") in the Independent Music Awards in 2006. Early in 2002, Kristin contributed her song, "Martyr", on the Sony/Heavy Rotation Records compilation, Shekinah 13 Artists, which celebrates the diverse female alumni of Berklee College of Music. The compilation is being distributed by Sony/Epic Records, with part of the proceeds going to help young artists at Berklee College of Music. Upon the release of Shekinah 13 Artists, Kristin was featured on the Oxygen Network's Daily Remix, VH1’s Jump Start, Billboard Magazine, Boston Globe and the Associated Press.