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Welcome to The Music Makers! THE ultimate podcast, created and hosted by Andy Kushner, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of some of the most influential music industry pros around. Gain insight, education, and inspiration from going deep into the psyches of artists, record producers, songwriters,Read more

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Episode 58 Sean "Smiles" Miles: Recording & Touring Keyboardist, Scoring, and Producing

Dec 3 • 28:15
Sean Miles, also known as "Smiles," is one of my favorite musicians who I’ve personally worked with for many years. He is a keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger, and music director. Hailing from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, Smiles has landed on stages with amazing artists including David Foster, Kenny G, Ginuwine, Estelle, Mya, Angie Stone, Rachelle Ferrell, ...

Episode 57 Benny Pough: CEO of D. Verse Media and What it Really Takes in Today's Music Industry

Nov 19 • 34:51

Benny Pough, CEO of D. Verse Media, is one of today’s successful and innovative business leaders and has helped shape the sound and culture of music worldwide, having been instrumental in delivering radio hits for superstar artists such as Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Travis Scott, DJ Khaled, Future, and 21 Savage. He held executive positions at powerhouse labels from Motow...

Episode 56 CJ Camerieri: Trumpet Player, French Horn, Keyboards and yMusic, Bon Iver, Paul Simon, David Byrne, and More

Nov 5 • 32:36
As a grammy-award winning trumpet player, flugelhorn, french hornist, arranger, and keyboard player, CJ Camerieri has become an indispensable collaborator for numerous indie rock groups as a performer, arranger, improviser, and soloist and is a co-founder of the contemporary classical ensemble yMusic. He has toured and/or recorded with numerous major artists including Bon ...

Episode 55 Ryan Lerman: Scary Pockets, John Legend, Michael Buble, Self-Confidence, and More

Oct 22 • 47:03

Ryan Lerman has toured the world as a bassist for Ben Folds, guitarist for Michael Buble, and guitarist/string arranger/musical director for John Legend. He’s also toured with Vanessa Carlton, Joshua Radin, Tallest Man On Earth, and more as guitarist, bassist, singer, music director and arranger. As a songwriter, his compositions have been recorded by Vulfpeck, Buble, and ...

Episode 54 Andy Timmons: National Recording & Touring Guitarist

Oct 8 • 35:52

Today’s special guest is guitarist Andy Timmons. As guitarist for pop-metal band Danger Danger, he toured the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper, sold over a million records worldwide, and had two #1 videos on MTV, plus amassing a discography that includes 7 solo releases. As a session player, he’s been featured on recordings by drumming legend Simon Phillips, two int...

Episode 53 Brad Hill: Grammy Nominated Country Producer

Sep 24 • 45:43
Today's episode is sponsored by the Academy of Country Music at ; Brad Hill is a producer, engineer, composer, and musician based out of Nashville. He has a Grammy nomination for Country Album of the Year as well as CMA and Academy of Country Music nominations for Album of the Year, all for co-producing Maren Morris’s debut album, Hero. Brad has produce...

Episode 52 Brad Clements: Trumpet Player Extraordinaire

Sep 10 • 43:17

Trumpeter Brad Clements has recorded and/or performed with numerous major artists including Prince, Chuck Brown, Bootsy Collins, Aretha Franklin, Larry Graham, Kenny G, and Thievery Corporation. He also owns and runs B&B Music Lessons, which creates systems music teachers can use so they can focus on their craft and further hone their skills as well as help students find t...

Episode 51 Barry Dean: Conquering Fear to Become a Hit Songwriter

Aug 27 • 52:52

Barry Dean is a hit country and pop songwriter with four #1 singles and various other cuts and/or hits recorded by Little Big Town, Michael Ray, Jon Pardi, Ingrid Michaelson, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and many more. In addition to various songwriting awards, Barry earned a Grammy nomination for Tim M...

Episode 50 Rob Wells: Multi-Platinum Award-Winning Producer/Songwriter

Aug 13 • 41:12
Rob Wells is a multi-platinum, award-winning producer/songwriter based in Canada, and is the other half of the writing/production team The Fourth Floor with singer, songwriter & recording artist Shobha. Rob has worked with Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Adam Lambert, Katharine McPhee, the Backstreet Boys, Nelly Furtado, Desmond Child, Cyndi Lauper, Corey Hart,...

Episode 49 Khaliq Glover: Grammy Award-Winning Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Producer, and Songwriter

Jul 30 • 39:41

Khaliq Glover, also known as Khaliq-O-Vision, is a grammy award winning recording engineer, mixing engineer, producer, and songwriter based in LA. Khaliq was 1st engineer on records by Jermaine Jackson, Donna Summer, Kenny Rogers, Jeffrey Osborne, and many more. He was also one of the engineers to work on the We Are The World project produced by Quincy Jones with an all st...

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