USC Thornton Popular Music Senior Showcase

USC Thornton Popular Music Senior Showcase




Rozzi Crane


















Sun, April 21, 2013

7:00 pm

This event is all ages

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USC Thornton Popular Music Senior Showcase
USC Thornton Popular Music Senior Showcase
USC Thornton School of Music Popular Music Program

Senior Showcase

Live at the Troubadour – March 5th – 7:00pm

Free admission
For the past 12 years, Will Baldocchi has been
actively pursuing his career as a musician. Born in San Francisco in 1991 and raised by two music lovers, he had a natural gravitation towards the study and performance of music. Picking up drums at an early age, Baldocchi played in many different ensembles and bands throughout
middle school and high school. His band The Bob Hill Band experienced success releasing a full‐length album in 2009 under the independent label Rogue Island Entertainment and touring throughout the Bay Area. Currently Baldocchi is finishing his senior year in Thornton School of Music’s Popular Music Program at USC. In recent years, he has studied with Dave Getz, Ndugu Chancler, Patrice Rushen, and Will Hollis and has performed in master classes with Freddie Ravel and Steve Miller.
Currently Baldocchi makes up half of Underliners Productions, an artistcentric production company based in Los Angeles.
Nick Campbell is an electric bass player and songwriter
who excels in playing a wide variety of different styles. As a Los Angeles
native, Nick grew up playing in famous L.A. rock and jazz venues including
The House of Blues, The Roxy, Catalina’s Bar and Grill, The Blue Whale,
and the Troubadour. He has performed/ recorded with many wellrespected
musicians such as Billy Childs, Peter Erskine, Tony Lindsay
(Santana) and Kyle Gass (Tenacious D). Recently, Nick toured with singer,
Lara Johnston, as a supporting act for the Doobie Brothers on their 2011
summer tour. This tour featured performances at the Ryman
Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN and the B.R. Cohn Winery in Sonoma, Ca,
which included performances by the Turtles, Buddy Guy, War and Kenny
Loggings. He also appeared as a bass player in the second season of the
Oxygen channel show, The Glee Project.
Nick Campbell is a founding member of the alternative‐rock band, Bear
Attack, which released their debut EP, “Shapes,” in April 2012. Bear
Attack recently licensed their song “The Backpack Song” to the ABC Family show “Pretty Little Liars” and
will be playing a west coast tour in the June 2013. He also can be seen playing frequently for a variety of
artists including Mora Mora, Raquel Rodriguez, Moonchild, and The Hang.
Leland Cox is a film composer and multi‐instrumentalist.
His work is characterized by an intense attention to character and plot across genres that begets a mind as attuned to storytelling as it is to music. He focuses on creating a unique sonic and musical palette,
which informs both his originality as a composer and his style as a producer. Leland has worked at Remote Control Productions since 2008 in a variety of assisting roles and is a member of the band “Mora Mora.”
Rozzi Crane
Rozzi Crane
Rozzi Crane, the first artist signed to Adam Levine's 222 Records, artfully skips between Pop, R&B, Alternative, and Hip Hop, crafting a sassy, sexy, and soulful sound of her own. The San Francisco-born, Los Angeles based singer and songwriter immersed herself in music growing up, obsessing over influences as wide-ranging as Lauryn Hill and Outkast and Destiny's Child and Amy Winehouse. She studied at USC and was a member of the elite Popular Music program's inaugural class. In 2012, she broke on the national level scene with a feature on the No. 1 ranked 'The Hunger Games' soundtrack Maroon 5/T-Bone Burnett song "Come Away To The Water”. In Winter 2013, Crane hit the road as a featured performer on Maroon 5's Overexposed World Tour; in Summer 2013 she joined Maroon 5 again, but this time with her own band opening for them w/Kelly Clarkson on the Honda Civic Tour. This past Spring she joined Gavin DeGraw and Parachute as first opener on his North America club tour. Rozzi will be releasing her debut full length early 2015.
“I am a storyteller, keeper of the words that bind together, tides and generations of time.”
‐‐ “Internal Wonder”

With clear‐eyed optimism, compassionate clairvoyance, and a
crystalline voice, singer/songwriter Annie Dingwall creates lyrics,melodies and performances that far surpass her chronological age. Herever‐expanding catalog of over 80 songs is both a product of fearless adventurousness and an intuitive understanding of her craft. “When I
write a song I want it to have a surface layer, and the more you hear it you draw deeper meanings,” she avows. “I want listeners to be able to
apply the songs to their lives and figure out what it means for them. That’s my goal – to touch people,
but not tell them what they’re supposed to feel.”
Annie’s musical journey began at age 13. “Other people’s songs never said what I wanted to say so I
started writing songs and it evolved from there.” From the onset it was clear she had an innate talent.
But it is the delivery of her music in a 4‐octave vocal range that captivates and mesmerizes audiences
everywhere – from the power ballads, to the haunting melodies that give you goose bumps, to the
quirky and catchy pop tunes that get stuck in you head for days ‐ Annie is not easily forgotten.
Her accolades include 5 Downbeat Awards, BMI Festival honors, a finalist designation in the
International Song Competition and scholarships from programs established by George Michael and
Willie Hutch. She counts among her co‐writers such luminaries as Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill);
Angela Kaset (Wynonna Judd, Lorrie Morgan); and Chas Sandford (Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Chicago).
Annie’s songwriting and performing have taken her from her hometown of Plano, Texas to festivals,
conferences and professional opportunities in Dallas, Nashville, New York, London, and Los Angeles.
She is now enrolled in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California (USC) as a
Popular Music Performance major with Academy Award‐winning and GRAMMY Award‐winning
composer and songwriter Randy Newman as her mentor.
Suemy Gonzalez is an accomplished violinist and
vocalist who performs in a wide variety of musical settings. She is amember of Trio Ellas, which were recently nominated for a Latin Grammy for their debut recording titled, “Con Ustedes…Trio Ellas.” Suemy also performed on Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way on the track titled Americano and can be heard on the track Something’s Rattling on the debut solo album of indie artist Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie). Additionally, Gonzalez was part of the cast of
the 2012 Los Angeles Philharmonic children’s production “Summer Sounds” at the Hollywood Bowl. Suemy is currently pursuing a degree
in Popular Music performance at the University of Southern California.
Singer/songwriter Barry Harris is the front man of the
band ‘Barry Harris & The Euphoria,’ who released their debut EP “Just a Mile Away” in January 2012. Barry has been an opening act for Barry Manilow and Esperanza Spaulding. His performances have been featured on Larry King Live and Entertainment Tonight. Additionally,Barry is the founder and sole proprietor of Euphoria, Inc., a boutique
music service that provides musical direction, strategic planning, and execution for musical presentations on a small or large scale.
Byran Jarett is an award winning musician songwriter, and record producer. He makes up one half of music production duo "Deion". Their sound features a blend of genres that has been described as hip hop, electro, and pop. He is published by BMG Chrysalis and is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Peter Lee Johnson is an innovative violinist and composer located in Los Angeles. He brings a fresh perspective to the sound of violin through soulful improvisationand heartfelt productions. His violin cover videos
have already gained nearly 15 million views on You Tube. Peter performs around the country at private events and concerts and has performed with many talented individuals including Alan White (drummer for Yes), Steve Miller, Christina Perry, Paul Jackson Jr., and Mark Salling (Glee). Classical trained since the age of 4, Johnson started experimenting with jazz and pop at a young age. As a studio violinist, Peter is valued for his improvisational skills on all genres of music. His violin can be heard on songs featuring Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Too Short, ZZ Ward and Kenny Latimore. Peter also enjoys composition, and has done scoring for Xbox, Teleflora, many short films, and 7 Years Underground: A 60's Tale (documentary). Peter is currently working on his debut album.
Lara Johnston is a singersongwriter
whose powerful voice and dynamic
stage presence have captivated worldwide music
audiences. She has shared the bill or performed
with Willie Nelson, Huey Lewis and the News,
Journey, Heart, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, Don
Henley, rapper J. Dash, and many others. This
past year, Lara made two TV appearances, singing
with 2011 America's Got Talent winner Landau
Eugene Murphy Jr. on The Wendy Williams Show
and the Piers Morgan Tonight Christmas Special
on CNN. In September of 2012, Lara was selected
from over 7,500 competitors as the first Grand Prize Winner of the Unsigned Only Competition for her
song, K.I.S.S. While pursuing her career as an artist, writing and co‐writing songs with partners in LA,
London, and Nashville, Lara has also studied her craft at USC’s Thornton School of Music, where she is
currently a senior in the first graduating class of the Popular Music Program. Lara’s debut album release
is fast approaching. Until then, you can hear her music online:
Justin Klunk is a Los Angeles born saxophonist,
keyboardist and songwriter currently pursuing a degree in
Popular Music Performance at the University of Southern
California (USC). Justin has performed with well‐known artists
such as David Benoit, David Pack, and the Steve Miller Band at
venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and The Troubadour. Justin has also been involved with the GRAMMY Foundation throughout high school by auditioning for and attending their GRAMMY Camp program. Through the GRAMMY Foundation, Justin has performed with Earth Wind and Fire, Dave Koz, and Rickey Minor as well as open for Juanes, Anthony Hamilton, and Esperanza Spalding at various GRAMMY events during college. Klunk recently formed his own band, the “Justin Klunk Band”, which showcases his rock, pop and jazz influences and compositions, and is about to record his first solo EP in April, 2013. Additionally, Justin performs regularly with
up‐and‐coming singer songwriters Lara Johnston, Rozzi Crane, Aaron Childs, Annie Dingwall, and many others. Justin strives to take the saxophone in new directions by experimenting with pedals and electronics in his compositions to help shape his own art.
MEGG is a commanding performer with a voice to match.
“Keep your eyes and ears open to this powerful pop‐rock package”, says Patrice Rushen. A prolific songwriter, MEGG’s personal journey and Southern California upbringing fuel her
music and lyrics. Her first release, The EP, is a
mixture of pop and rock with loud guitars and
memorable hooks. MEGG has performed songs
from this release at the world‐renowned
Concours d’Elegance, opened for The Used at
the Musink Festival and performed at LA’s
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, as well as, venues all
over Los Angeles. Her experienced abilities are
not by chance, due in part to her training at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts, and USC’s renown
Thornton School of Music where she is pursuing a degree in Popular Music Peformance. MEGG, with
new pop/punk/rock project Party For One, is currently at work recording their first release, a hard
hitting, in‐your‐face collection of loud opinions and evolving personal growth. With production by Underliners and musical collaboration with her band mates, MEGG is stoked to release a new record with Party For One.
Mia Minichiello is a 21‐year‐old singer,
songwriter, and musician from Boston, Massachusetts. Inspired by,the great story‐telling powers of songwriters like Joni Mitchell and the,emotional prowess of performers such as Glen Hansard, Mia writes,songs to share stories with the world. Once a classical vocalist and
aspiring novelist, Mia turned to songwriting after discovering that it allowed her to combine her love for music with that of the written word. Mia uses this diverse background to infuse her lyrics with the spirit of prose and poetry and her melodies with classically rooted harmony. The result? Emotional music that communicates an honeststory.
Since being accepted into the inaugural class of USC’s Popular Music Performance program in 2009, Mia has performed original compositions for Randy Newman and Lamont Dozier and sung background vocals for the Steve Miller Band. She has also become a Charles Dickens scholar, and been award songwriting scholarships from
The Carpenters’ Richard Carpenter as well as ASCAP’s Cy Coleman award.
In addition to her individual songwriting and performing efforts, Mia is a dedicated member of the indie
pop/rock band, Bear Attack. In 2011, Mia and Bear Attack successfully funded their debut EP, “Shapes,”
through online fundraising site, Kickstarter. The campaign garnered the support of almost 90 unique
donors, and since the EP’s release in April 2012, Bear Attack’s songs have gained a lot of recognition
from online music blogs, the LA Times, and a dedicated, international television audience. Bear Attack
has already had three songs featured on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars; most notably, “The Backpack
Song,” played a crucial role in the show’s third season finale episode. Mia and the group have just
finished another batch of songs in the studio, filmed a music video, and are gearing up for a west coast
tour this summer.
Matias Mora is an accomplished songwriter, producer,
and guitarist. At 22, the Costa Rican native has already worked for
producers Mike Elizondo and Oliver Lieber, programming and playing
guitar, making it onto TV with a track for Paula Abdul. Mora's
songwriting has earned recognition winning the finalist award in the
Hip Hop category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and receiving
radio airplay on 106.1 KRAB. Fronting the group, Mora Mora, Matias
and the band are rapidly growing a fan‐base and reputation for their
passionate, energy‐infused performances, opening for Walk The Moon
and Travis Barker. As a guitarist, Matias has also performed with
Nickelodeon actor Devon Werkheiser, Diana Degarmo at the AT&T
American Idol Celebration at LA Live, and opened for the Steve Miller Band and The Used. A senior in the inaugural class of USC’s PopularMusic Program at the Thornton School of Music, Matias was recently
awarded the Norman Granz Memorial Scholarship by the Ella FitzgeraldCharitable Foundation.
Rob Nagelhout is a multi‐faceted
musician, songwriter/producer, and musical director
with experience in genres ranging from rock, hiphop,
and pop, to jazz combo and classical orchestra.
While in high school, Nagelhout not only played
principal bass in his jazz orchestra, but also
performed regularly on electric bass in renowned
jazz pianist David Benoit’s trio. Rob graduated in
spring of 2013 from USC’s Thornton School of Music,
where he studied bass under esteemed jazz bassist,
Alphonso Johnson. At Thornton, Rob met up with
Pop/RnB singer Lily Elise, with whom he currently is
the Musical Director. He also met Meghan Mahowald, and helped form their pop punk/rock band Party
for One. In addition to playing bass for various artists and projects, Nagelhout recently formed a
writing/production duo with Will Baldocchi called Underliners, with which he and Baldocchi have
worked with many artists acting as producers, songwriters, and engineers, as well as working on their
own material.
AJ Peacox is a fearlessly honest singer/songwriter and
frontman of his namesake power trio. AJ's songs have been
described by peers as "cotton candy" ‐ Blue in their vulnerable
melancholy, pink in their hopeful resilience, and sweet in their
overall delivery. With the release of his new EP "Follow The Sun," AJ
is ready to face the world, sing about this funny thing called life,
and listen as the world sings back.
Eric Radloff is a singer‐songwriter/pianist studying
Popular Music Performance at USC, where he has studied under
musicians such as Melissa Manchester and Russ Ferrante. While a
student, Eric has had a song produced by Alan Parsons and has been
mentored by Mo Ostin. His focus is his band, Bear Attack, which has
had several songs featured on the hit ABC Family show "Pretty Little
Liars." Bear Attack is currently finishing up some new songs,
wrapping up a music video and has scheduled a West Coast tour this
Ashland, Oregon native Logan
Shrewsbury will be a graduating drum‐set performance
major within the Popular Music Program. Having been
incredibly active within the music community in his small
hometown before coming to USC, he continued to be
become an even busier performer and teacher within the
Thornton School of Music and Los Angeles as a
whole. Among having worked with dozens of wideranging
artists, Shrewsbury is also a founding member of
Bear Attack, an emerging Indie‐Rock band that's been
featured on the front page of USC's homepage, the L.A
Times and has had multiple song placements on ABC
Family's Pretty Little Liars.
Admired by his peers as “an extremely
talented, charismatic, and inspiring individual” who employs “the
perfect balance of simplicity and innovation” in his endeavors,
Christian Stranne is making a uniquely diverse mark for himself in the
entertainment industry.
Inspired by his family's musical inclinations, Christian began writing his
own songs at a young age and has continued to hone his craft ever
since. With multi‐instrumental training in jazz and classical, his writing
has gone far outside typical genre boundaries. While the majority of
his catalogue is pop/rock, he has touched genres such as big band
swing, contemporary jazz, R&B, classical, choral, contemporary a
cappella, and the list goes on ‐ showing the wide scope that
exemplifies Stranne's passion for growth and diversity.
He has also worked as a musical director and arranger for the Troy
Tones—a decade‐old, award‐winning a cappella choir from the
University of Southern California. “He is never afraid to try new things, and his vocal arrangements often
end up more beautiful than the original,” claims fellow group member and vocal major, Maureen Perry.
He has arranged songs for various groups, including “Eleanor Rigby” by the Beatles, “U + Ur Hand” by
Pink, “All the Right Moves” by OneRepublic, and his award‐winning arrangement of “Fields of Gold” by
While Christian loves working closely with others in groups and on projects, he has also been creating an
online presence for himself, releasing material through Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud while
blogging and microblogging across sites like Twitter and WordPress. Stranne’s personal endeavors are
primarily published online under his pseudonym, MusicBeatTheSystem—a name that reflects the
dominant artistic core of everything he does.
Fender and Line6 endorsed artist, Luke Walton
performs extensively as a lead guitarist and vocalist in numerous
projects, as well has his own band, Exist Elsewhere. A graduating
senior in USC’s prestigious Popular Music Program, he’s been featured
on Isle of Wight radio (in the UK), nationally syndicated radio, USA
Today, Country Weekly Magazine, and local TV. He will be touring
nationally with Exist Elsewhere this summer.
Sam Wilkes is a bassist,
musical director, arranger, producer and
songwriter. He is currently pursuing his
Bachelor of Music degree in Popular Music
Performance at the University of Southern
California. Notably he can be seen
performing around Los Angeles with singer
Rozzi Crane and his band Pratley.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change