Our Team - Intercept Music

Our brand ambassadors are at the top of their game for their genres, and all want to give back to help other artists. They help us understand what the artists for each specific genre really need to succeed in the music business, and communicate those needs to our executives, marketing, and technical people. They also help us deliver the message to artists. We are proud to have them as part of our team, and believe their expertise helps us deliver a better product to artists worldwide.

Butch Waugh Country

One of the true living legends of the music business across multiple genres, Butch Waugh contributes his expertise, enthusiasm and leadership to Intercept Music’s team of ambassadors.

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For nearly 40 years, Butch worked for the biggest music labels in the world, starting in record sales and promotion and winding up as Sony Music Nashville’s Executive Vice President. Under his leadership, the Nashville label earned the Country Music Association’s “best label” award seven out of eight years.

During the course of his career, he made landmark, hit albums such as Frampton Comes Alive! and the 11X platinum Dirty Dancing soundtrack, and turned superstars like Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews into names known around the world. His leadership and expertise has resulted in nearly 100 Country Music Association Awards and 100 Academy of Country Music Awards.

A former chairman of the Academy of Country Music, Waugh has made a huge impact not only in country but also in pop and urban genres. He began his career with London Records in the early 1970s, and later moving to sales and radio promotion roles with A&M, Motown and Capitol Records before joining RCA and later becoming an executive at that label. The artists touched by Butch’s passion and positivity make a virtually complete list of superstars from the 1970s to the 21st century, and spanning the range of genres: Peter Frampton, Marvin Gaye,  Al Green, Hall & Oates, Dr. Hook, Bruce Hornsby, Rick James, Carole King, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Bob Seger, Rick Springfield, Styx, Supertramp, The Tubes, Carrie Underwood, The Wu-Tang Clan, Stevie Wonder, and ZZ Top, to name just a sample.

Since retiring from Sony Music, Butch has remained active in the music business and in Nashville as an entrepreneur, advisor and consultant. His understanding of the music marketplace, of artists and of music audiences offers Intercept Music a powerful arrow in its quiver of expert advisors.

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Dave Sholin Country, Pop

In his career spanning four decades, broadcaster Dave Sholin has cemented a place as one of the most innovative and award-winning on-air hosts and producers in the country. Starting out as a program director and on-air host, he has also served as a music director and promoter on the recorded music side, bringing his passion, depth of experience and musical knowledge to projects with some of the biggest artists in the world.

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Sholin received his first Program Director of the Year award while he was a student and PD of San Francisco State University’s campus radio station. Shortly after graduation he began his professional career at KLIV/San Jose. Sholin helped develop a new format, and within six months it became one of Silicon Valley’s highest rated stations. He then joined station KFRC in San Francisco, winning the award for Major Market Music Director of the Year at the Gavin Report Convention in Kansas City. Under Dave's leadership, KFRC won  Billboard’s Major Market Station of the Year award seven years in a row.

Following his success at KFRC, RKO Radio promoted Dave to National Music Director, overseeing the playlists and music libraries for stations around the country. Dave also produced a string of radio specials and conducted interviews with Rod Stewart, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, The Doobie Brothers and Paul McCartney. He oversaw production of the in-depth Beatles documentary “From Liverpool To Legend.”

On December 8th, 1980, Dave and his production team spent the afternoon with John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their apartment in New York City. It was the first radio interview Lennon had granted in five years. Five hours later, the famous Beatle was tragically shot and killed.

Sholin returned to San Francisco to join The Gavin Report and later revamped it into the Gavin magazine. In addition to serving as on-air personality and program director of KFRC, he also hosted weekly syndicated radio shows including “Countdown USA” for Westwood One and “The Insider” for Premiere Radio.

In his next role, Dave became Vice President of Promotion for Island Records and later served the same role at Capitol Records. When CBS Radio decided to relaunch San Francisco’s KFRC, Dave was the first person they contacted; he became the station’s morning drive radio host.

Today, Dave is a regular guest on KGO San Francisco on the Ronn Owens’ show. In 1995 Sholin was named a charter member of the radio section at the Rock ‘N Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. He was the Rockwell Award recipient at the Conclave, a national radio and record convention. In October 2008 Dave was inducted into The Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame.

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Jerry Blair Pop

A music industry legend, Jerry Blair has helped develop the careers – and sales – of recording artists who have defined their eras. His three decades of global vision and experience in making number-one records for emerging and established artists makes him an important part of Intercept Music’s future.

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Jerry started out in the industry heading up Chrysalis Records on the West Coast, working with such influential artists as Huey Lewis, Pat Benatar, Billy Idol, Jethro Tull and Blondie. He then took on the role of executive vice president of Columbia Records Group, the dominant record label of the 1990s. During his tenure, he personally managed the successful careers of global stars including Mariah Carey, The Fugees, Destiny's Child and Jessica Simpson. He applied equal dedication and innovation to the careers of catalog artists as well, resulting in Aerosmith's first number-one single, and career-high album sales and concert tours for Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.

By making hitmakers out of artists including Ricky Martin, Shakira, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and many others, Jerry almost single-handedly pioneered the Latin-crossover phenomenon of the 21st century. His promotional success continued when he joined Arista Records, where he made Usher, Outkast, Pink and Dido into mega-stars with multiple radio hits and multi-million dollars of album sales.

Most recently, Jerry founded Global Entertainment Management, a premier multidisciplinary talent and management company. GEM provides professional management and advisory services to their clients throughout the music, entertainment and digital industries. Clients include Wyclef Jean, producer/writer Aaron Pearce, and Top-40 pop artist Chris Wallace.

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Laffite Benitez Latin

Laffite Benitez is one of the Latin music industry's most successful marketing and promotion executives. With more than 20 years of experience, Laffite has some of the most executed innovative and successful promotional, radio and marketing initiatives the industry has seen. He has worked on delivering number-one hit singles and chart-topping sales debuts for such artists as Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Paulina Rubio, Jenni Rivera, Alejandro Sanz, Jaguares, Cafe Tacvba and Don Omar amongst others.

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Laffite has been the head radio promotions executive in the West Coast/Central region for Universal Music for the past 10 years. Previously, Laffite also directed radio and marketing promotions for EMI, Crescent Moon (under Emilio Estefan) and BMG, where he began his career and worked for more than 13 years. Laffite has had a broad range of experience on the management side as product manager and radio promoter, creating, planning and executing marketing plans, radio strategies and promotional visits by multiple artists. He has developed strong relationships with key national radio program directors, influential television producers and leading reporters and journalists throughout the U.S.

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Larry Blackwell Christian

Larry Blackwell, Jr. has been a music industry trailblazer and success story for more than 40 years. Under Larry’s leadership, his artists and musicians have earned 15 Grammy® Awards and sold many millions of albums. His passion and vision encompasses established artists as well as new, breakout talent, and he is known throughout the industry for his fiscal responsibility.  

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Larry started his career handling phones at his father’s distribution company, Jimmy’s One Stop in Nashville. Five years later he joined Central South Music Sales in 1983 as part owner/general manager, driving the company forward to become the number-one source for gospel music in the U.S.

In 1999 Blackwell assumed leadership of ZOMBA/Jive/Verity Gospel to oversee mainstream sales of all Gospel releases. He later became Vice President and General Manager of EMI/Motown Gospel. In his 13 years at EMI/Motown Gospel Blackwell helped lead the label to 11 Grammy® award wins and to its highest market share ever in 2016.

Blackwell is known for his expertise at developing new and developing talent. With his guidance, countless artists have broken through to renown, including Tasha Cobbs Leonard, The Clark Sisters, Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers, VaShawn Mitchell, Smokie Norful, and Kierra Sheard, to name a few.

Blackwell has been an influential voice in the industry as board member of the Gospel Music Association. He is an alumnus of Leadership Music (2005), and has served on the Grammy® Awards gospel screening committee since 2010.

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Paul Brown Jazz

Paul Brown has been a jazz, pop and R&B performer in his own right for a little more than a decade, but his experience as a recording engineer and producer goes way back. In more than 40 years, he’s produced the sounds of the most legendary recording artists of all time, including George Benson, Diana Ross, and Luther Van Dross. With two Grammy awards, and more than 70 #1 radio hits as a jazz producer, he brings major cred and skills to Intercept Music and our
independent artists.

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Paul started out as a drummer before moving on to become a leading R&B engineer and later a top-notch urban jazz producer. His R&B signature sound has been a staple of urban music since the 1990s, and helped shape albums he has produced, including Boney James’ breakout, Trust. He has created successful songs with many influential artists including Al Jarreau, Jessy J., Larry Carlton and many more.

Most recently he has been an urban, funk and blues recording artist and guitarist, collaborating with a who’s-who of major, modern-day players such as Marc Antoine, Don Bryant, Chuck Loeb, and Chris Standring. Since he began his own recording career, Paul has released nine solo albums, all in the Billboard top-10 chart, and had numerous hit singles. He has performed thousands of times across the United States and internationally. His first-hand knowledge of being a working musician and experience as a producer at the top level of the business make Paul a vital resource for Intercept Music artists.

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Renee Bell Country

As an A&R professional who has helped shape the careers of country superstars worldwide, Renee Bell brings to Intercept Music an unbeatable combination of hit-making sensibility, an open personality and sensitivity to artists and the creative process.

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For almost three decades, Renee has been involved with some of the most important and influential recordings in country music. Her career to date has encompassed more than 100 number-one songs; nearly 100 Country Music Association Awards and 100 Academy of Country Music Awards; and album sales of more than 100 million units. A few of the artists Renee has worked with through the years are such legends as Brooks & Dunn, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Pat Green, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Wynona Judd, Miranda Lambert, Jim Lauderdale, Patty Loveless, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Conway Twitty, Carrie Underwood, and Trisha Yearwood, among many others.

Renee started her career in the music business in the Atlanta, Georgia distribution center for MCA Records. Her passion and knowledge of country music caught the attention of legendary producer Tony Brown, who moved her to MCA’s Nashville A&R department. At MCA, she was responsible for signing artists David Lee Murphy and The Mavericks, and began her work in A&R for world-renowned country artists.

Her reputation for having an eye for talent and ear for hit songs led her to the RCA Nashville Label Group, where she rose to Executive Vice President of A&R for what is now Sony Music Nashville – the first woman to hold that role at the label. Highlights of her work include landmark song selections for Kenny Chesney (“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” “When the Sun Goes Down,” “There Goes My Life”); Carrie Underwood (“Jesus Take the Wheel,” “Wasted,” “Before He Cheats,” “Don’t Forget to Remember Me”); Brooks & Dunn (“Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You”); Martina McBride (“This One’s for the Girls,”); Jake Owen (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”); and Sara Evans (“Stronger”) – and many more.

Always a champion for artists and their music, Renee’s expertise and success help Intercept Music to authentically address the creative needs of artists and musicians.

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Scott Emerson Pop, Rock

Scott Emerson is a veteran music-industry visionary. With a  long track record of experience with the biggest acts in the world, he focuses on marketing and exposure for all musicians, whether signed or unsigned.

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Scott was head of Hot AC and AC Promotion for more than a decade at A&M Records, later taking on the same role for Interscope and Geffen as well, when the labels merged. During his tenure, Emerson was instrumental in developing and executing successful campaigns for artists such as Sting, U2, Bryan Adams, Elton John, Janet Jackson, No Doubt, Sheryl Crow, One Republic, Snow Patrol, Fergie, Amy Grant, Blues Traveler, Smash Mouth and countless others.

Following his tenure at A&M, Geffen and Interscope, Scott established Emerdood Promotion, an independent promotion and marketing company. During his work at Emerdood, he developed the concept for what later became What’s In-Store Music in 2014: to create a platform for independent acts, not just those on major labels, to have in-store airplay. What’s In-Store Music promotes priority music from major labels on down to independent artists. Now, decision makers can choose from the very best music available, from signed and independent artists.

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Skip Bishop Country

Skip Bishop is a veteran entertainment executive with a highly successful track record for leading music labels, entertainment corporations, marketing firms and broadcast chains with more than 35 years of experience. Bishop has developed dynamic partnerships in both the traditional broadcast media and digital spaces.

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Bishop founded and served as President/CEO of WB Distributed HitShop Records, where he had oversight of all divisions including identifying new artists, finance, promotion, marketing and label operations. Bishop’s executive career began in 1981 as Vice President of Programming for Broadcast Properties, Inc. Bishop has also held executive positions with RCA Records, MCA Records and created his own independent music marketing and promotion firm, Bishop Bait and Tackle.

In 2009, Bishop became the Senior Vice President of Promotion for Sony Music Nashville.

Bishop graduated from Auburn University with a dual major in Broadcasting and English. He has previously served on the board of Directors for the Country Radio Broadcasters and is a graduate of the Leadership Music Program.

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Tanto Irie Reggae

Celebrating 17 years as the DJ Host of Reggae Runnins on HOT 105 FM, Tanto Irie (‘The Irie One’) hosts the #1 reggae show on South Florida's #1 radio station for three hours every Saturday night from 10pm to 1am.  His listeners look forward to tuning in as he updates them on the latest music featuring interviews with the hottest artists and legendary veterans the likes of Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Sanchez, Morgan Heritage, the Marley Brothers, Cocoa Tea, Taurus Riley, Mikey Spice, Shaggy, Gyptian, Beenie Man and many others who create reggae music that continues to inspire and entertain people from all walks of life.

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The show, Reggae Runnins, a staple in the South Florida community, is the brainchild of L. Anthony Garrick, aka Tanto Irie, whose origin is deeply rooted in the musical tradition and cultural heritage derived from the indigenous music of Jamaica, REGGAE. Tanto began his musical journey in 1983 with the opening of Tanto Productions, LTD., a record and video store in Kingston, Jamaica. Tanto Productions was instrumental and played a significant role in launching the careers of several major artists, such as Major Mackerel, Lt Stitchie, Pinchers, Eddie Fitzroy, Sugar Minot, Sanchez and many more.

By 1986 Tanto migrated to the United States by way of Texas where he hosted a weekly jazz program on the local jazz station, KXCR. As fate would have it, KXCR became ground zero for Reggae Runnins, it was here that Tanto introduced his growing fan-base to the smooth rhythmic sounds of reggae music every Saturday night. Tanto spent the next 17 years hosting and producing concerts throughout the southwestern United States introducing many famous reggae artists to the dedicated fans he discovered throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Many of these fans were regular listeners to the early days of Reggae Runnins, which was heard throughout the Four Corners of the Southwest on Santa Fe, New Mexico’s, Coyote Radio, 102.5fm.   It wasn’t long before Tanto was drawn to the Big Apple where he hosted his show on WNWK.

Before long, the warmer shores of South Florida beckoned the island son to return to the tropics. Tanto moved to South Florida in 1997 where he produced and hosted monthly beach concerts. He soon found his way back into the studio, where he revived his ever-popular Reggae Runnins Show. Today, Tanto can be heard on HOT105fm every Saturday from 10pm to 1am. Reggae Runnins is the number 1 show on the number 1 Urban Radio Station in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale DMA. Hot105fm the recipient of the 2014 and 2017 Marconi Award for Urban Radio recently celebrated 17 years of Tanto Irie and Reggae Runnins in January 2018. Reggae Runnins and Tanto Irie were honored to be the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 International Reggae & World Music Awards Show; he is also the current recipient of the 2017 People Profile Awards.

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Thom Russo Latin, Pop, Rock

Thom Russo’s career as a producer, mixer, songwriter and composer has been so successful, he holds the record for awards. Specifically, 16 total Grammy® Awards, 13 of them being Latin Grammys. Working with the world’s biggest artists across genres and in film and television, Thom’s skill and versatility made him one of the most accomplished professionals in the industry.

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Born in Cleveland, Ohio (the Rock ‘n Roll Capital of the World), he graduated from Northwestern University’s Conservatory of Music with a degree in music theory and composition. With that solid background, he jumped into professional music working in the advertising business in Chicago, while learning record production from top artists.

Later, Thom relocated to Los Angeles and began working on recordings for the world’s biggest artists including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Diana Ross and Babyface. His skills in remixing helped win a Grammy Award in 1997 for the Eric Clapton/Babyface song “Change the World” as both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Thom’s next position with Rick Rubin and American Recordings included work on some of the most notable records of their time, including Johnny Cash’s final recording, “The Man Comes Around” with its legendary cover of “Hurt.” In this prolific and productive period, he also contributed to the “99 Problems” record by Jay-Z and recordings by Audioslave, Macy Gray, System of a Down and many others.

In the 2000s Thom focused on Latin music, bringing his skills and sensibility to projects by international superstars. Artists he has mixed and produced include Juanes (of Colombia), the rock legends Mana (Mexico), Alejandro Sanz (Spain), indie critic favorites Kinky (Mexico), and cutting edge flamenco-hardcore artist, Huecco (Spain). In 2010, he completed the sophomore release for the Mexican/American superstars Jesse and Joy, who took best new artist Grammy in 2007.

He holds the record for Latin Grammy wins (13) under the Engineering and Production category, plus three other Grammy awards.
In addition to his recording work, Thom has also been part of many film and television projects, from scoring assignments to song placements. He participated in the music for Alejandro Inarratu’s first film, “Amorres Perros,” as well as films including “Collateral” (directed by Michael Mann), “Man on Fire,” and “Spider-Man” I and II.

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Executives

Tod Turner

Tod TurnerChief Executive Officer

For more than 40 years, Tod Turner has repeatedly developed software that addresses the needs of a specific market, and that sells-in to that industry at an enterprise level. He has led companies that offer software solutions in a wide range of industries including entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, real estate and technology, among many others.

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Tod started his entrepreneurial journey in the 1970s by founding STAT Systems, one of the first companies to offer automated medical and dental billing software as an alternative to manual, billing service bureaus. After selling that business, he founded a software company based in Mexico called Romy d’Vallarta, which created property management, construction, and front-desk software for the hospitality industry. That company sold three years later; then Tod focused on software for the commercial real business, to track commissions and inventory; some of that software is still in use today.

Tod’s next venture was Fox Industries, a software development firm specializing in niche software for a variety of industries. During its 20-year run, Fox spun off several companies that offered huge promise within their niches. For example, Norfox Software, which focused on the equipment calibration industry, sold in to many global accounts including the United States Army, Navy and Marines Corps, as well as many defense contractors. With sales of up to $11 million annually, the company sold in 1999.

Mr. Turner then saw a need for collaborative online workspaces and founded LINQware. Before Skype or other web conferencing software we know today, LINQware developed 11 patents around telephony and collaboration. Those technologies are now used by Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, and more than 80 other companies.

Prior to creating Intercept Music, he founded and is chief executive officer of LiveChime, a software-as-a-service company that enables real-time communication for online sales across any platform or device. Under his guidance, LiveChime developed several patents around interactive chat, which ultimately led to the development of the Intercept Marketing platform, which is the basis for the marketing platform used in Intercept Music.

In 2017, Tod saw that the Intercept Marketing platform could be custom-tailored to directly address the needs of more than 12 million global independent musicians who are competing for attention in a crowded music marketplace. Now Tod is leading the way to ensure that that vision, combined with insights of experts in the music industry and contemporary artists, delivers Intercept Music to its full potential.

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Tod Turner

Dennis LordChief Operating Officer

An accomplished artist, attorney and music industry executive, Dennis Lord brings decades of music industry leadership and knowledge to Intercept Music. As chief operating officer, he helps ensure that Intercept Music continually addresses the changing needs of artists, rights holders and music consumers.

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Based in Nashville, TN, Dennis has made a lasting mark on the music industry in the U.S. and abroad. He arrived in the music capital in 1986 and within two years became an A-list songwriter, penning Travis Tritt's first major hit, the award-winning "Country Club." He later practiced entertainment law, focusing on issues central to the music industry. He also served on the board of the Nashville Songwriters Association, leading its legislative efforts in Washington, D.C.

Having proven skilled at balancing the interests of music industry constituencies, Dennis joined performing rights organization SESAC in 1997. By 2005, he had become Executive Vice President of SESAC, working with the company's principals in all areas of the business including operations, licensing, litigation, and creative affairs, to name a few. Dennis managed SESAC's successful efforts in affiliating Rush, Zac Brown, composers Randy Newman and Jonathan Wolff (Seinfeld), Adele, and many others to the organization.

Following his tenure at SESAC, Dennis established his own consulting firm, assisting companies such as SoundExchange, eOne Entertainment, Intercept Music and other music publishing and select music technology companies in business and strategic planning.

In addition to his executive duties, Dennis currently sits on the National Board of Directors of the T.J. Martell Foundation. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Americana Music Association's Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for an Executive. In 2016, he was named one of Billboard magazine's "Top Music Lawyers"; and in 2016 and 2017, Lord was recognized as one of Nashville's top influencers in Billboard's "Nashville Power Players."

Dennis graduated from Colorado State University, and attended law school at both the University of San Diego and Vanderbilt University, completing his juris doctorate in 1987.

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James Barry

James BarryChief Technologist

James Barry, software developer and co-founder, is a team leader who maintains the end-to-end integrity of the Intercept Music software suite. He has more than two decades of experience as a programmer, software engineer and programming manager who has worked on expertly crafted, scalable software that has served and successfully sold to enterprise customers.

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Most recently, he has served as applications programming manager for International Telcom, Ltd. in Seattle, leading a team of developers, testers and database administrators. Earlier, was senior software engineer for LiveChime, a company holding several patents for real-time communications, and which powers Intercept Marketing software, on which Intercept Music is based. Prior to that, he worked as a senior software engineer for LINQware, a company holding 11 patents around telephony and collaboration. Those technologies are now used by Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, and more than 80 other companies. For nearly a decade prior, he was a software engineer for Fox Industries, a developer of specialized software for a variety of critical applications whose enterprise customers included the United States Army, Navy and Marines.

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Miguel Palmero

Miguel PalmeroSr. VP Brand Ambassadors

Los Angeles-based Miguel Palmero brings a wealth of experience to the Intercept Music team as an engineer, producer and editor. A Grammy Award winner who has also bagged a ton of Grammy nominations, Miguel has an extensive music industry background including design, mixing, tracking, composing, as well as video editing and graphic/web design experience for major movies and platinum artists.

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A key member of the Intercept Music team from its start, Miguel is the senior vice president of brand ambassadors. In this role, he focuses on managing the relationships between the company and the music industry professionals in several genres who represent Intercept Music to new, emerging and established artists. He brings together his knowledge as a hands-on music professional and a deep understanding of the capabilities of the Intercept platform to leverage an artist’s visibility.

Miguel has served in a variety of studio positions for a wide range of different projects for companies including Disney, Dick Clark Productions, DIRECTV, Fox, Sony Pictures and ESPN.

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Jim Urie

Jim UrieBoard of Directors

Board member Jim Urie lends to Intercept Music both credibility and substantive know-how, as a universally recognized leader in the field of music distribution. Since beginning his career in music distribution more than four decades ago, Jim’s vision has been instrumental in shaping the direction of the industry through several periods of profound change.

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For more than 15 years, Jim was a key executive for Universal Music Group Distribution, successfully leading the company through the transition from CDs sales to digital distribution models. During his tenure, Universal Music cemented its position as the world’s number-one record company, with more than 30% of all album sales in the U.S. alone and billions of dollars of revenue. Significantly, his direction at UMGD spearheaded the industry’s approach to preserving sales and profitability for both physical and digital music.

Jim was named a power innovator by Billboard Magazine, sharing the recognition with such legends as Steve Jobs of Apple and Jimmy Iovine of Interscope. Under his leadership, Universal Music Group Distribution also was named the top distributor in 2001, 2002 and 2008.

Jim began his career in 1972 as a college rep for CBS Records, later moving to CBS Records distribution. He then joined PolyGram as senior vice president of sales and distribution, two years later becoming svp of marketing. He also served as svp of sales for Arista Records before joining UMGD.

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Advisors

Dave Sholin

Dave SholinNational Radio Personality

In his career spanning four decades, broadcaster Dave Sholin has cemented a place as one of the most innovative and award-winning on-air hosts and producers in the country. Starting out as a program director and on-air host, he has also served as a music director and promoter on the recorded music side, bringing his passion, depth of experience and musical knowledge to projects with some of the biggest artists in the world.

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Sholin received his first Program Director of the Year award while he was a student and PD of San Francisco State University’s campus radio station. Shortly after graduation he began his professional career at KLIV/San Jose. Sholin helped develop a new format, and within six months it became one of Silicon Valley’s highest rated stations. He then joined station KFRC in San Francisco, winning the award for Major Market Music Director of the Year at the Gavin Report Convention in Kansas City. Under Dave's leadership, KFRC won Billboard’s Major Market Station of the Year award seven years in a row.

Following his success at KFRC, RKO Radio promoted Dave to National Music Director, overseeing the playlists and music libraries for stations around the country. Dave also produced a string of radio specials and conducted interviews with Rod Stewart, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, The Doobie Brothers and Paul McCartney. He oversaw production of the in-depth Beatles documentary “From Liverpool To Legend.”

On December 8th, 1980, Dave and his production team spent the afternoon with John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their apartment in New York City. It was the first radio interview Lennon had granted in five years. Five hours later, the famous Beatle was tragically shot and killed.

Sholin returned to San Francisco to join The Gavin Report and later revamped it into the Gavin magazine. In addition to serving as on-air personality and program director of KFRC, he also hosted weekly syndicated radio shows including “Countdown USA” for Westwood One and “The Insider” for Premiere Radio.

In his next role, Dave became Vice President of Promotion for Island Records and later served the same role at Capitol Records. When CBS Radio decided to relaunch San Francisco’s KFRC, Dave was the first person they contacted; he became the station’s morning drive radio host.

Today, Dave is a regular guest on KGO San Francisco on the Ronn Owens’ show. In 1995 Sholin was named a charter member of the radio section at the Rock ‘N Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. He was the Rockwell Award recipient at the Conclave, a national radio and record convention. In October 2008 Dave was inducted into The Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame.

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Scarlett Hernandez

Scarlett HernandezFounder & CEO at ETA Entertainment Tourism Agency

Scarlett Hernandez comes to Intercept Music with more than a decade of experience in the music industry. In her time as a music professional, she has driven success in a diverse range of roles, from publicity, radio promotion and brand sponsorship to artist management.

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She began her career working in publicity with Nacional Records. Since then she has managed publicity and radio promotions independently in Chicago, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and California for various artists including Marco Antonio Solis, Carlos Vives, Maluma, Marc Anthony, J Balvin, Pitbull, Calle 13 and many more. Ms. Hernandez has led independent company, 7 Leagues Entertainment, to form branding and consulting deals with Apple Music, UberEspañol, LiveNation, AEG, and other major corporations. These partnerships link general market brands, agencies and artists to the ever-growing Latin audience through close collaboration and engaging marketing strategies. Most recently, Scarlett served on Maluma’s management team, completing his first world tour in the U.S., South America, Central America and Europe.

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C. Casper Casparian

C. Casper CasparianMarketing Communications Strategy

C. Casper Casparian is an experienced marketing-communications leader with a diverse background across several industries, both in-house and on the agency side. He began his career working with Fortune 500 companies including Dole Food Company (fresh and packaged foods), Activision (videogame entertainment), EMI Music (then the world’s third-largest music company) and Mattel, Inc. (the world’s largest toy company). In those roles, he developed corporate communications, both internal and external, as well as product-focused marketing communications pieces.

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After leaving corporate roles, he worked for a boutique marketing-communications agency as vice president of client strategy focused on healthcare, technology and nonprofits. While at the agency, he had responsibility for building new and existing client relationships, managing creative development and optimizing agency operations and processes. Five years later, he established his own marketing-communications firm, CMC LLC, a California corporation that serves a range of clients with media relations, media buying, and online and offline creative development services. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a J.D. from University of Southern California.

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Bob Catania

Bob CataniaPartner, What's In-Store Music

For more than four decades, Advisor Bob Catania has been a leading promotions executive who has run campaigns for the biggest acts in the world.

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Bob began his career in Philadelphia as the local RCA representative before moving to New York in a national capacity. After RCA, he joined Island Records in rock promotion, and soon became the Head of Promotion. Following his tenure at Island, Bob worked as Head Of Promotion at leading labels including Charisma, Geffen, Giant, and Curb Records.

Scores of artists across the range of genres have benefitted from Bob’s promotional vision and expertise, including U2, Melissa Etheridge, Robert Palmer, Aerosmith, Nirvana, Beck, Counting Crows, The Eagles, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Lisa Loeb, Steely Dan, Disturbed, Leann Rimes, Tim McGraw and countless more. In 2008, he started Right Way Music Group and ran hundreds of radio campaigns for artists from both the major label and independent sectors.

Most recently, Bob joined fellow Intercept Music Brand Ambassador Scott Emerson as a partner in What’s In-Store Music. The experience and relationships of these two men has offered musicians a powerful resource for promotion and marketing, whether signed to a major label or independent.

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What's In-Store Music

What's In-Store Music delivers both major label and independent priorities to our programming partners which can lead to in-store airplay and hundreds of thousands of impressions.

www.whatsin-storemusic.com

Sounds of Havana

Sounds of Havana is a compilation that includes hits from Cuba made famous is the '60s, '70s and '80s that have never been available digitally. It's comprised of 350 volumes (6,000 songs) that include artist like Diego Cano, Samuel Águila, Anabel López, Rita Del Prado Carta ya, Orquesta Manolito Simonet Y Su Trabuco and many more.

Intercept Music is extremely proud to have this amazing piece of history. This compilation of Cuban music is designed for new and older generations of musicians and music lovers.

soundsofhavana.com

Rocket Songs

Rocket Songs

Rocket Songs lets you discover, license, record and perform original songs from many of the music world's top hit-makers and make them your own. This is an unprecedented opportunity for you to sample, then record original songs from some of the best songwriters, producers, and publishers out there.

We have thousands of songs, all professionally written in every genre, for every type of artist – songs that when you hear them, you immediately say "that could be my next hit."

So, whether you are looking to be discovered, furthering your career, or just looking for that one perfect song...

Come to Rocket Songs. We have the right song for you.

rocketsongs.com

Studio3Bee

Studio3Bee

Studio3Bee was formed by Renee Bell, Skip Bishop and Butch Waugh following their decades of success in breaking and building some of the world’s biggest acts like Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Dave Matthews, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, and Bruce Hornsby. The three spent 15 years working together at Sony Music Nashville, garnering no less than 100 awards for their artists from the CMA, ACM and GRAMMYS and helping the company reap Label of the Year honors nine years in a row.

studio3bee.com

Show the world what you can do, no strings attached.
 
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