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Jan Best is the senior editor for Independent Songwriter Web-Magazine as well as a singer / songwriter / musician / freelance writer, and an avid coffee lover. She hosts the internet-only radio show called Radio Muse located at, and is also the host for the ISWM Network at Jan is currently in college, and will ultimately obtain her Ph.D in English at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Jan has recently been commissioned to create and instruct an online Songwriting Business course that will be available this Fall at select colleges and universities throughout North America. Jan is also working on her first novel, and plans to release it this winter as an e-book publication through and several other outlets. Jan has written articles for publications such as; Cross Country Music Magazine, Spotlight and Fairs and Expos., to name a few. You can visit her personal website at; .

Here is a bit of information on each of the songwriters included in this first Radio Muse Webcast, in the order their song appears. I hope you'll take a moment to explore their own web sites (linked to from their names) or purchase their CDs if they have them. We don't have anything if we don't support each other. If you like what you hear, let the songwriter know! Words of encouragement are always welcome.

Robert Müller: Small Town Dreams (4:40)
From his CD "Deep Blue Underneath" ~ © 2000, Sirius Music Company. All rights reserved.

Robert has been a professional musician for 15 years. He has gigged and worked in the studio for a number of jazz and pop/rock groups including Rods and Cones, The Balance, Fuzak, Cut to the Chase and Café Society. For the past ten years, Robert has worked both on the road and in the studio as a guitarist, guitar synthesist, and backing vocalist, in addition to his usual drum duties. His strange atmospheric and ethereal soundscapes on guitar have earned him a reputation as one of southern California's most sought after session players and clinicians.

Harriet Schock: For What It's Worth (3:47)
From her CD "American Romance" ~ © 2000, More Future Schock Songs. All rights reserved.

Harriet Schock is a Songwriter/Recording Artist/Author who has recorded six solo albums and who wrote the grammy-nominated "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady," plus many songs for film, TV and other artists. Her most recent two CDs were produced by the legendary Nik Venet. Discoveries Magazine, Jan. 2001, said of her latest release, “More than echoing the singer/songwriter tradition, American Romance renews popular music for the 21st Century.” Her book, BECOMING REMARKABLE, as well as her CDs, performance schedule, discography and information about her teaching and correspondence courses are available through her website.

Clayton Denwood: Make Me Whole(4:58)
From the CD "The Exile Sessions" ~ © 2000, Little Wheel Music. All rights reserved.

Born in Toronto in 1971, he started his first band at age 12 on drums. He played his first solo gig at the Last Temptation in Kensington Market. Spent 8 months in Montreal in 91' then hit the road for NYC. Ended up loving Woodstock & began doing shows with Paul Mcmahon and Judy Whitfeild [two of the greats]. Appeared on stage with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson in 93' singing Ray Charles "Hard Times" in Bearsville. Played clubs in NYC (Cafe Sine,Bitter End and CBGB's). Was signed in 94 to record for ESP records, the last recordings they have made thus far......Opened for acts such as NRBQ, Joe Henry, Dave Van Ronk, Chris Smithers & the late Rick Danko. Met Roger Mason in 1996 and began recording demos in 1997 with the help of Eddie Kramer. He has been seeking assistance from a "higher power" ever since. He's currently pondering the great internet revolution & reading Salman Rushdie.

Carla Ulbrich: Please Do Something Stupid (3:13)
From her CD "Her Fabulous Debut" ~ © 1999, Carla Ulbrich. All rights reserved.

She's been compared to everyone from Christine Lavin to Chet Atkins to Jerry Seinfeld. A Clemson, SC native, Carla brings a mix of humor, poignancy and nifty guitar playing to the stage. She began studying classical guitar at the age of nine, discovering her songwriting abilities in college. Carla made her singing debut at a pig pickin' on Spring Break and has since released Her Fabulous Debut (CD) on her own label: A Major Record Label. Her songwriting and guitar playing have landed her numerous awards such as: 1st place, 2000 and 1998 Mid- Atlantic Song Contest; 2nd place, 1998 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest; a National TV appearance (USA's "Up All Night"); and a song on Dr Demento’s Basement tapes #9 Compilation CD. She tours relentlessly all over the East Coast, from Florida to New York, and has shared the bill with such luminaries as Cheryl Wheeler and Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel. Carla Ulbrich is a member of ASCAP, likes cheese, and collects bottlecaps.

Wayne Hamilton:Cookie Lovers' Ramble (2:06)
From his CD "Lucky That Way" ~ © 2000 Wayne Hamilton. All rights reserved.

Singer/songwriter Wayne Hamilton, a native of Washington, DC, began performing early, first in choirs and later in stage shows, which continued through college. He sang lead and played drums in rock bands for 10 years. At college in the southern Appalachians, he learned guitar from the pickers who surronded him and soon began writing songs. Wayne later earned a Master's degree and had a 15-year career as a theater professor. He directed professionally and performed whenever possible. Wayne founded the Twin Cities Chapter of Just Plain Folks, is a member of ASCAP, a two-time finalist at the Minnesota Folk Festival's songwriting contest, and performs regularly.

Dolores O'Sullivan: Legs (3:38)
From her demo CD ~ © 2001, Dolores O'Sullivan, OSSONGS Music BMI. All rights reserved.

Songs written by Dolores O'Sullivan have represented Eire & England at international song festivals, winning a trophy at the first international song festival held in Malta. Dolores writes Country, Gospel, Pop, and more. Her favorite music is country, from Hank Williams Sr. and Jim Reeves, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Patty Loveless and Hank Jr.

John Barnard: The Changing Years(4:30)
From his CD "The Changing Years" ~ © 1996, John Barnard, One World Music. All rights reserved.

John Barnard studied classical piano for 8 years as a child in England. After neglecting his music for 30 year, he discovered that he was able to compose and his debut album, 'Beyond The Clouds', was released in January 1995. John has completed four labels to date. 'Beyond The Clouds', 'The Changing Years', 'Araluen. a place of singing waters', and 'When Your Eyes Kissed Mine'. John is currently unsigned and retails his music directly to the public relying mostly on 'word of mouth' advertising. Two of John's albums were commissioned by British Airways and played world wide for two years. His music is also being played in numerous alternative therapy clinics, old peoples homes, doctor and dentist rooms throughout Australia and overseas. Additionally many hospitals are using his music in pre and postoperative rooms.

Jessie Rae: Bittersweet(2:34)
From the CD "A Tribute To Jill" ~ © 2000, Jessie Rae Records. All rights reserved.

Jessie Rae and The Turtle Blues blend elements of Americana, Pop, Blues, Rock, Jazz and R&B with their own subtle sophistication and under-stated style. They create a sound that is down home and familiar with an occasional dark and edgy theme. Combining acoustic and electric instruments, they perform songs that reflect a wide range of emotions with raw compassion. Their music is engaging and accessible with vocals that are as smooth, sweet and sad as the songs themselves. The sets are comprised of originals written by Joan M.Meyer, but also include gems written by such artists as Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, Lowell George, The Faces, Rita Coolidge, Lucinda Williams and more.

Irene Jackson: It's Me (3:19)
From her CD "Catnip" ~ © 2000, I. Woloshen SOCAN. All rights reserved.

In 1993, after many years of performing, Vancouver, BC native Irene Jackson finally released her first independent recording. "I've always been a late bloomer!" she says. But she has made up it in the last 8 years with 3 more releases, 'Motor Scooter', 'undressed', and 'Catnip' all available from her website and at her performances. Besides songwriting and performing, Irene also keeps busy teaching guitar, writing theme music for television, and maintaining a website for aspiring songwriters. Says "Jackson's introspective, refreshingly cheerful Folk Pop recalls the glory days of James Taylor and Carole King. The sweet-voiced Canadian sings about the pleasures and pains of ordinary life in a quotidian way that draws favorable comparisons to a less countrified Nanci Griffith."

Jim Lipsky: Mom's Memories Aren't For Sale (3:34)
From his demo CD ~ © 2000, James A. Lipsky. All rights reserved.

Even while Jim was doing graduate research for his Ph.D., he was interested in creative writing. As a professor, he published many poems in professional journals. But his real interest was writing Country Music. So in 1994, he attended a songwriting workshop in Nashville. There he met Jason Blume, a leading songwriter and songwriting teacher, and he has worked closely with Jason every since. Today, Jim writes Country, Contemporary Christian and Pop Music - both lyrics and music. His wife, Shirley and his three children, Kevin, Michelle and Stuart are all very supportive in his writing.

Mike Corbin: She Got Free (4:04)
From his CD "Cold War" ~ © 1995, Michael Corbin. All rights reserved.

According to Clarence Clemens, Mike Corbin has what it takes; the sound, the look and the charisma. Mike grew up in New York with its diverse sounds, styles and musical influences. He was selected out of 1500 artists to be on the album of NEW YORK ROCKS with Bon Jovi and Twisted Sister. Mike has worked and performed with Clarence Clemens (E Street Band). During a trip to Europe, he recorded tracks with John Babcock at Abby Road Studios, then went to Paris where he was in the studio with Duran Duran. He has worked and written songs with Joe Delia (Killer Joe) for the feature film China Girl as well as a track on Mike's album, Cold War. During the past few years, Mike has written and performed several television themes. Throughout his career, he has performed with and opened for various artists including Steve Forbert, Dave Mason, Richie Havens, The Band, The Persuasions, Clarence Clemens and the Red Bank Rockers and Killer Joe (with Max Weinberg). Mike Corbin is currently performing in the New York tri-state area.

Danny McBride: You've Got Me In Your Pocket (3:56)
From his CD "16 Tunes And Whaddaya Get" ~ © 1999, Danny McBride, Cosmic Casual Company (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

Danny McBride is a Los Angeles based songwriter/musician/producer who has worked with dozens of name artists over the years as band leader and arranger/producer. This is his first compilation of his own tunes played his own way using some of L.A's best session players and singers. His own unique vocals and playing bring a personality to the material that sets it apart from most other musical product you are liable to hear these days. Over the years, Danny has played with ShaNaNa, Delaney & Bonnie, Roger Miller, Mary Wells, Conway Twitty, Chuck Berry, Willie Nelson and a list too long to include here. His influences come from everywhere. He is a GREAT guitarist and entertainer.

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