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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.

Laya Fisher: Scarlet (3:32)
From her self-titled CD ~ © 2000, Laya Fisher. All rights reserved.

Laya Fisher is creating songs that are controversial, techno-pop treats. Having already written and performed the title track for the Angelina Jolie movie "Hell's Kitchen," Laya's debut EP just confirms this rock chick has what it takes. Born and raised an hour outside of New York City, now living in Australia, Laya's soulful, rapid-fire vocal style defies comparison and belies the significance of her intense lyrics which she says "are primarily why I write songs in the first place." With this kind of dedication to the written word, it's not surprising that critics are going out of their way to mention her poetic prowess. Inspired by an unusual mix of influences such as Tina Turner, Garbage, Ani Difranco, Pink Floyd and Tori Amos, Laya wrote and recorded her self-titled debut EP in her home-based, digital project studio.

Ookla The Mok: Song Of Kong (3:53)
From their CD "Smell No Evil" ~ © 2001 Rand Bellavia and Adam English. All rights reserved.

According to their press release, "Ookla the Mok is science fiction and comic book fandom's very own rock band!" More honestly, Ookla the Mok is Rand Bellavia, Adam English, and Chris Gajewski, three white guys who watch way too much TV and read way too many comic books. (Well, okay, Chris really just plays drums, and is innocent of all other charges. And Rand doesn't really watch as much TV as Adam, but... Well, you get the point.) They just released their fifth CD: Smell No Evil, a 27-track rock opera about a space-rocket test monkey and the boy who loves him. More information can be found on their website.

PoorMarqus: Everyday Affection (3:25)
From his CD "Small Town Oceans" ~ © 2001, PoorMarqus (SOCAN/ASCAP). All rights reserved.

As the ex-vocalist of Toronto band Woodrow, this dynamic front man draws from his experience as an actor, writer, painter, and stand-up comedian. Though he lists Sting, Counting Crows, and Jeff Buckley as major musical influences, his energy and showmanship stem from an early infatuation with the 70's rock group KISS. When it comes to penning the words behind the music he cites more authors than vocalists for shaping his bittersweet, introspective take on the world. A creative writing minor, his lyrics have been published as poems in magazines across Canada. Music from his debut "in brightness and beauty" has appeared on several compilations, including Q107's Homegrown 18, Engage 3, and "Rusted Roses", a fan-based tribute for musician Jeff Buckley. A finalist in this year's North American Band Search (hosted by and Pamela Anderson) PoorMarqus has snce secured licensing deals for placement in Canadian film and television.

Norbury & Finch: Lily (4:32)
From their CD "Tease For Two" ~ © 1997 Joanna Finch. All rights reserved.

Vancouver Island's Norbury & Finch have evolved over the past five years into one of Canada's most original and eclectic songwriting duos. Their charismatic and quirky style go well beyond the realms of folk music, almost to the point of developing their own musical genre. Their unique performing style couple with lyrics ranging from bawdy to beautiful, saucy to serene, makes Norbury & Finch an entertaining experience not to be missed. Their first CD, "Tease For Two," has taken the music scene by storm. The diverse musical styles and innovative use of musical instruments make this CD release stand out in a world of musical conformity. The CD was produced by musician extraordinaire Todd Butler, who adds his magical touch to this long awaited recording.

Dan Hazlett: The Middle Of My Life(4:08)
From his CD "Family Album" ~ © 2001, Dan Hazlett - Home Street Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

Performing songwriter Dan Hazlett's original contemproary folk songs deal with social issues and explore the inner landscape. With a rich, warm voice and skillful acoustic guitar work, his performances are memorable and uplifting. During a career spanning mmore than twenty years, Dan has been actively touring the Midwest, Maine and Canada. Dan has experience opening for National performers like Cliff Eberhardt and David Roth and hosts his own folk radio show on WXOU-FM at Oakland University. A prolific songwriter, Dan Hazlett is currently at work on his fifth full length recording while doubling as a producer and session musician for many local artists. Dan also presents interactive songwriter workshops and residencies tailored to middle school, high school and adult students.

Brian Cline Band: In Slumber (4:25)
From their CD "Within Without" ~ © 2001, Lion/Cline/Sherman, Dionysongs (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

Brian Cline Band is a blend of styles and individuals. The music has been categorized as "acoustic pop", "alternative", and "modern rock". Their music is positive, melodic, and dynamic; being rooted in the 60's but with the edge of modern rock. BCB's songs break new ground with meaningful, well-crafted lyrics, unshakable hooks, and driving rhythms. Brian performs solo and with BCB over 100 dates a year and has become well known for his energetic and powerful performances. Their success has attracted numerous fans, TV/Film placements, publishing deals, press reviews, interviews, feature articles, and artist endorsements.

Joe Giacoio: Women's Clothing (4:22)
From his CD "Superman's Midlife Crisis" ~ © 1997, Joe Giacoio. All rights reserved.

As a young child in the Bronx, JoeG was abandoned in a music store and raised by a pack of acoustic guitars. This explains a lot. An award winning songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist, Joe performs extensively throughout the Northeast, and gives lectures and workshops on guitar history and fingerstyle technique. His songwriting has been described as "somehow simultaneously quirky and classic", and covers topics ranging from the existance of God to the existance of Elvis. His debut CD is entitled "Superman's Midlife Crisis". Joe is currently abandoned in Central New Jersey.

Severin Browne: Do You Think I'll Go To Heaven (3:19)
From his CD "This Twisted Road" ~ © 1998, Severin Browne, Sub-Dude Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

In 1971, Severin signed on as a staff songwriter at Motown Records - then later as an artist, releasing two well-received albums. In 1996, he released his third album (From The Edge Of The World), and in 2001, he released his fourth (This Twisted Road). His songs have been recorded by Thelma Houston, Colin Blunstone, Twiggy, James Lee Stanley, The Dillards, Pamela Stanley (who had a major hit with Severin's "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), and others. His songs have also been featured in the movies "Plan B" and "My Neighbor Totoro".

David M. Bailey: Once Again(3:39)
From his CD "Lost and Found" ~ © 2001 David M. Bailey (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

David is a miracle cancer survivor and prolific songwriter & performer. When told he had one year to live, he left his corporate job and returned to his dusty guitar; Over five years, forty states, & 6 albums later, david, his songs, and his passions are alive and well. The son of Presbyterian missionaries, David spent his childhood in Beirut, Lebanon where he studied classical guitar and began writing about the turmoil around him. While in boarding school in Germany, he spent weekends as a street musician and formed an ensemble that eventually toured throughout central and eastern Europe. He played extensively in college in an original duo but then put his guitar away to enter the job world. Years later, faced with the new reality of his disease, David returned to the stage with a gentle urgency and new purpose which inevitably lead to the studio in support of what quickly became a full-time solo career. Often compared to Jim Croce & Cat Stevens, David's strong melodies lean on intricate finger picking born out of his classical roots. His gentle baritone delivers keen insights about his favorite topics: time, faith, hope, love, and dreams. David has appeared on CBS News/48 hours, 60 Minutes, Fox/Health, NPR, and was a 1999 Kerrville NewFolk finalist. His story has been covered in newspapers across the country and he has shared the stage of hope with such notables as Sam Donaldson, Bonnie Blair, and Queen Noor of Jordan.

Eileen Carey: That Town (3:33)
From her CD "Possibilities" ~ © 2000, Lyrics: Eileen Carey, Marta Woodhull, Music: Paul Masvidal & John Philip Shenale. All rights reserved.

Bluesy vocals to a folk/rock beat is how Eileen Carey expresses her singing/songwriting talents. Eileen and her collaborators have won two songwriting awards for "Wings" and "That Town". Sh is a finalist in this year's Temecula Valley International Film Festival's Music Competition, and in 2000, was nominated in the Adult/Contemporary category of the Los Angeles Music Awards. Her CD Single, "That Town", has been heard on over 80 radio stations and specialty shows throughout the United States since its release in February 2000. Eileen has just released her first full CD, "Possibilities" in August.

Patrick Kent: Sign of Blue (3:40)
From his CD "Respite" ~ © 2001, Patrick Kent, Gypsy Life Records Ltd. (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

Patrick Kent has been playing Seattle venues since 1995. After fronting the alternative band Nemo for two years, he began to focus his energy on the more intimate singer/songwriter experience. Patrick grew up in Eagle River, Alaska. He began singing and composing at the age of 10. Relocating to Seattle, he discovered an avid interest in language while obtaining his degree in Creative Writing. Stylistically, Patrick's music incorporates many different flavors. Alternating between finger-picking and strumming, he integrates elements of folk, jazz, and alternative rock. A soulful blend of passion and poetry, his songs reverberate with quiet power and introspection.

Joshua Rich: Talking To Furniture (2:55)
From his CD "Talking To Furniture" ~ © 2001, Joshua Rich. All rights reserved.

A self-taught musician from Boston, Joshua Rich has developed a distinct set of keyboard skills and a captivating performance style. By the age of 22, Joshua recorded his first album earning him the first of many comparisons to renowned pianists. Joshua’s life took a detour when he became a father at the age of 24. Surviving several emotional crises along the way, including the untimely death of his father, Joshua has now successfully crossed the bridge to return to his first-love, pop performing. Joshua Rich hopes his music will touch his audience in a meaningful way, and inspire people that it is never too late to pursue your dream.

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