Mike has over 30 years of experience in the music business and has always had a passion for helping people "be the best they can be".
His journey started in South Africa, where he founded the World Song Contest He became the International Delegate for the Eurovision Song Contest and later the Director of South African Music and Art, where he developed, managed & recorded amateur and professional artists. Mike emigrated to England where he founded The Muse Collective: a creative artist/music program for amateurs and professionals alike.
Mike has managed and owned music stores, a recording studio, publishing house and an artist & events management company. He has presented "Live" sound engineering and performing artists workshops.
Russ is a graduate and former Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. He majored in Applied Performance under three inspiring guitar educators, William Leavitt, Mark French and Mick Goodrick. He went on to study for several years with two of the world’s most renowned jazz educators, Charles Banocosand Dennis Sandole.
He played and toured with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Lil Anthony, George Benson, Bob Hope, Dick Clark, Joey Bishop, Martha Reeves etc.
He was the assistant to his long time friend and mentor - 10 time Grammy Award winner - George Benson, assisting with his Warner Brothers Records releases of "Tenderly," "Big Boss Band," and "Love Remembers.
Caleb has been playing piano as his main instrument for 10 years. Aside from piano, he also plays guitar, saxophone, drums, and bass. He was clasically trained by some of the best teachers in the country and studied classical singing and piano in Hawaii for 2 months to be a part of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. He has been at Jam-ology as a producer, teacher, and audio & video engineer for the past 3 years. He has been teaching for 5 years and works well with students of all ages. Caleb writes and produces his own music as well as producing music for several other artists.
Gina Tenore Griffin has been performing as a Singer and Songwriter since she was 15. She holds a Voice/Performance degree from the Peabody Conservatory School of Music and has written over 100 songs. She has received awards for her Songwriting on a local and national level. Gina is a published poet. Gina teaches, voice, keyboard and guitar.
She taught with the Fairfax County and Arlington School systems in Northern Virginia. She has a BS degree in psychology and a degree in Illustration.
" Gina is an incredibly talented singer/ song writer with a powerful voice that delivers and captivates her audience with a passion for each performance" ( Mary Jane Potter...Owner of Matildas in Alpharetta, Ga ) 6 sample songs www.reverbnation.com/ginatenore3
Gina is featured on Alveda King's Ministry Web site under Artist Spotlight! Alveda King is Martin Luther King's Niece. She loved the lyrics & music Gina wrote for this Song ... as well as Gina's powerful voice. The song is a great message as far as bringing together everyone no matter what their background may be. Click link to see words and listen to the song.