After several rigorous auditions over the past four months, The Berklee A&R/Artist Development Group is presenting the first round of the best that Berklee has to offer. On Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 8-11 p.m. in The Red Room at Café 939, the A&R Group will introduce the college’s top artists, bands, and songwriters at the first-ever Berklee A&R Showcase. This free concert features Brooke Villanyi, Byron Manchest, Charles Johnson, Raven Katz, Tim Coakley, Franka Batelic, Alexey Sokolov, and Melanie Lynx. The musical styles each of these artists will perform truly represents the diversity of talent at Berklee, ranging from soul to jazz to singer/songwriter. People who cannot attend the performance at The Red Room can watch the live online broadcast streamed on concertwindow.com/cafe939. The performers’ clothing and makeup for the showcase have been provided by Banana Republic, Free People, Ben Sherman, LF, and Laura Mercier at Neiman Marcus.
The Berklee A&R/Artist Development Group was founded by 25-year music industry veteran Joe James. James has had an extensive career in the recording industry that includes working at Dhu-Ron Studios in Hollywood, the world-renowned A&M Records and Recording Studios, Marvin’s Room Recording Studio for Dreamworks Music, and Extasy/Atlantic Recording. James is currently guiding his new enterprise, On The Ear Music, as he continues to actively produce, play, and write music.
The team James assembled consists of A&R, artist development, digital & strategic marketing, and PR specialists, in addition to top producers, engineers, and booking agents. Their mission is to actively discover and cultivate talent through both their internal business team and powerful external industry relationships and create the vehicle to ensure a long-term, successful career for any artist or band they represent.