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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 Radio Muse Webcast. 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.

Sandi Kay: A Friend As Good As You(4:51)
From her CD "8355" ~ © 2000, Sandi Kay Doehrman. All rights reserved.

A longtime Phoenix resident, Sandi Kay has performed at many Valley clubs as a solo act and in the band, The Glass Act. Lately, she has been playing at the Java Jive Coffeehouse as a solo and at Shannon's Grill with her band, The Sandi Kay Band, showcasing her original songs. Sandi Kay recently released her first CD, titled "8355", which consists of 10 original songs. "8355"? That is the address of the house where Sandi grew up in Romeo, Michigan. A blend of country-folk and pure sweet pop, "8355" is full of music that takes you home.

Charlie Strater: Thornhill Road (4:40)
From his CD "Thornhill Road" ~ © 2001, Charlie Strater, chilidog music. All rights reserved.

In the short time that Charlie Strater has been bringing his contemporary Folk and Blues to the New England music scene, he has earned a name for himself as a "powerhouse performer" with fiery Blues-guitar chops, a vocal intensity and passion likened to Cat Stevens and Martin Sexton, and an energized on-stage presence. Charlie has opened up for many of the current luminaries on the folk scene including Martin Sexton, Peter Mulvey, Les Sampou, Cliff Eberhardt, Harvey Reid and Ellis Paul. He was recently selected to appear in the "New Faces" showcase at the venerable Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.

Mojosmoke: When She Walks Out The Door (3:31)
From their CD "Time Bomb, Baby" ~ © 1999 Moorehead/Skoglund (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

Mojosmoke is delicious and dense modern rock that sounds the way bacon smells when it's cooking, with thick chocolate cake for dessert. At the core of the band are two childhood friends, David Skoglund and Jonathan Moorehead. Working in their own studio with a host of friends and guest musicians, the duo have released their sophomore effort, "Time Bomb, Baby". The Mojosmoke sound is beginning to gain momentum with strong song placement in film and television, having just placed a song in a feature film called "Good Neighbor" with Billy Dee Williams. Other songs have appeared in the feature films, "AIRBOSS 2" and "The Killing," (winner, best cinematography, 1998 NY Independent Film Fest). Another appeared on the soundtrack of a television commercial featuring NY Yankees pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, plus a TV spot to promote the appearance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in NY's Central Park last August.

Tor Hyams: Hollywood Movie (2:49)
From his CD "Eye To Eye" ~ © 2000, Tor Hyams, Hyams Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

Tor Hyams is a pop artist, jazz musician, R&B songwriter, rock producer and film and television composer. He has written and recorded over one hundred songs, including music featured in network primetime television shows, in theatrical film releases, on compilation albums, and on his own CDs. He has also helped develop other artists as an A&R executive and producer. He began is internet pioneer career in 1993 launching a profitable online marketing company which helped shape the web and music strategies for companies like Sonicnet, Miller Freeman, Hearst New Media, Maverick Records, EMI and Buzz Magazine. He has been a segment producer and on-air personality for the Wild Web Show on CBS and has been a regular guest host on popular national and international television shows. He is co-founder of, the co-author of three books on internet business and culture and recently accepted an honorary position as a founding member of the New Media Peer Group of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Austin Willacy: Them (3:51)
From his CD "American Pi" ~ © 2000 APG Records. All rights reserved.

Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Austin Willacy received a degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College and then moved to San Francisco to refine his songwriting and pursue a career in music. After recording four CD's with NACA favorites and former Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. recording artists, The House Jacks, he released "American Pi", his solo debut on APG Records. Willacy has toured extensively throughout the US and Europe with The House Jacks, performing with Ray Charles, James Brown, The Neville Brothers, The Temptations, The Pointer Sisters, LL Cool J and Run DMC, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Dorothy Wallace:Don't Call It Love (3:56)
From her CD "Hand Of God" ~ © 1993 Proper Girl Music. All rights reserved.

Dorothy hails from Brentwood, New York right smack in the middle of Long Island. Dorothy spent her childhood years relatively silent due to a childhood phobia called “Selective Mutism”. Around the same time she got over her fear of her own voice, she discovered she could carry a tune. She started playing guitar and writing songs in her teens and enjoyed it so much, she decided to release her own records. Dorothy’s style of music is her own brand of country, folk and gospel-influenced rock. Her cd “Hand of God” was recorded in honor of Dorothy’s Mom, Margaret Wallace, who died of ovarian cancer in 1997. The 11 song cd includes 10 original songs as well as an engaging version of Elton John’s “Where to Now, St. Peter?”.

Marc Jonathan Haney: Fountain Of Youth(3:42)
From his CD "Earthlings" ~ © 1998 Drive In Movie Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

Marc Jonathan Haney gave up a life-long ambition of playing professional football for the Green Bay Packers the night he watched the Beatles perform for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. Originally a drummer, he found it hard during his junior and senior high years to find other musicians as interested in forming a band as he was. As the early seventies saw the rise of the singer/songwriter (James Taylor especially), Marc took up the guitar, began writing songs and went into a way of life that is continuing even now, a few decades and several hundred songs later.

Barbara Kessler: Angels Are Crying (4:49)
From her self-titled CD ~ © 2000, Pruple Turtle Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

Performing Songwriter Barbara Kessler's songs have been featured in numerous CD compilations including "Big Times in a Small Town" (Rounder), "Women's Work" (Putumayo), "Grooves Magazine" (Time Warner), and "This is Boston, Not Austin" (Black Wolf) among others. Songs from her most recent self-released album "Barbara Kessler" have been heard on TV shows such as NBC's ED, CBS' Jag, All My Children, MTV's Undressed and others. Her debut album was recorded live at the intimate Kendall Cafe in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and went on to win a Boston Music Award as well as garner airplay on hundreds of stations across North America. She recently produced a benefit compilation CD of mom songwriters called "Hope: Mothers Helping Mothers" which features music from Sara Hickman, Tish Hinojosa, Lori McKenna, Ashley Cleveland, Diane Zeigler, Eliza Gilkyson and others.

Allan Price: You Have To Be (3:47)
From his CD "Little Dog Eva" (in development) ~ © 2000, Allan Price. All rights reserved.

Allan was the Bass player/front man with the former Welsh band Ohibo Paronti. He is now developing his solo project and this CD features a selection of his material so far. Allan writes all the music and lyrics as well as playing bass, electric and accoustic guitars, and keyboards. All voices are his on these demo songs. He is also responsible for pushing the button to start the rhythm unit.

Debra Davis: Enemy (4:21)
From her CD "Angels In The Attic" ~ © 1999, Big Old Soul Music. All rights reserved.

Debra grew up in the suburbs of Orange County, California, in a colorful family and environment that has been a juicy fodder for her songs. Her first professional gig was at age 5, singing "Born Free," "Edelweiss" and "What The World Needs Now" for a Van de Kamp convention. In her musical travels, Debra's done her share of wild, dues-paying gigs, including a four-part harmony 1940s group, an a cappella quartet, garage bands, rock clubs, swanky bars, street fairs, and even played at a gas station grand opening, singing while washing windshields. On a side note, she's been in a handful of commercials and co-hosted the entertainment talk show, CinemAttractions, on KDOC TV. While writing her debut CD and playing local gigs, Debra got a B.A. degree in journalism from Cal State Northridge in California, and has written for several publications, including Pasadena Weekly and Disney Adventures, and now writes the vocal column for Gig Magazine. Over the years and through the experiences, Debra has sculpted her own voice into songwriting that hits deep and performances that have everyone singing along. Her music tells stories about real people like Uncle Carl, about teenage exploration and reviving inner passion.

Hunter Payne: Tell Me Why (3:16)
From his CD "One Last Chance" ~ © 2000, Hunter Payne, Samgita Publishing (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

Hunter Payne began his music career in the heyday of the Cambridge/New York folk scene, playing legendary venues including Club 47 and The Bitter End. While still a teen, he hosted an NPR music program and later went on to score for PBS and work with Leonard Bernstein. "One Last Chance" is Hunter's return to contemporary music.

Lisa Winn: Forgive Myself (3:24)
From her CD "Mother Earth" ~ © 2000, Lisa Winn (SOCAN) & Rob Lamothe (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

From 1992-1995, Lisa Winn fronted several local Hamilton bands including "Sunflower Honey", which included Grant Marshall (Junkhouse). She also performed in a duo with Bill Majoros (FluxAD). Since 1995, Lisa has performed hundreds of shows with Rob Lamothe in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has also performed with Shannon Lyon, Les Cooper (Holly McNarland), and Jamie Oakes (Tom Cochrane, Amy Sky, Holly Cole). "Mother Earth" is Lisa's debut CD. It was released in August of 2000.

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