Meet Our Composers, Musicians and Engineers

 

 
Ken Barken: An Emmy Award winning composer who has written and produced music for major films and television for many years. His many credits include "The Mask"(Jim Carrey), "Naked In New York"(Kathleen Turner/Eric Stolz/Tony Curtis),"Off And Running"(Cyndi Lauper/David Keith), " Guiding Light", "Another World", "As The World Turns", "General Hospital", "Passions".

As a songwriter and producer Ken has credits with Earth, Wind & Fire(Warner Bros.), Mary Griffin(Curb Records), Richard Elliot(EMI/Manhattan), Patty Cabrera(Curb Records), Leigh Robbins(Jack Attack Records) and Patti Page.

Ken has an extensive background in jazz from Berklee College of Music where he was a composition/arranging major with a minor in trumpet performance. Ken has performed with Bob Hope, The Smothers Brothers, Henny Youngman, and The Temptations.

Ken's other passions include tennis and flying .

Leigh Robbins: A singer/songwriter who graduated with honors in Mathematics from prestigous George Mason University. Leigh has co-written and sung a vast array of songs for many feature films and television shows. You have undoubtedly heard Leigh’s voice countless times. Leigh has been a featured artist on GAC cable network’s show “Fast Forward”.

Leigh loves animals and antiques.

Pat Coil(keyboards): If you watch television, listen to the radio, or go to the movies, you have heard Pat and some form of his music. Pat has toured Japan, South America, Europe and the U.S. with such artists as Michael McDonald, Carmen McCrae, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Woody Herman and many others. Pat has recorded with many artists including Natalie Cole, Trisha Yearwood, Ernie Watts, Carmen McCrae, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Travis Tritt, Peter Cetera, Woody Herman, Scott Henderson and Michael McDonald.

David Hungate(bass): Producer/writer/multi-instrumentalist David Hungate was hooked on music at an early age by the records of Jack Teagarden, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Bunny Berigan, Charlie Christian and other early jazz greats. During his long and varied career he has worked with jazz artists Stephane Grappelly, Martin Taylor, Sarah Vaughn, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Ray McKinley, Manhattan Transfer, and others. He has received Grammys as a member of the pop group Toto, and as producer of legendary guitarist Chet Atkins. A respected studio musician in Los Angeles and Nashville, he has played on hundreds of record albums as well as countless commercials, TV shows and film scores.

Paul Leim(drums): Paul has performed for a seemingly endless list of top artists, composers and producers including John Williams, Doc Severinsen, The Berlin Orchestra, The London Symphony, The Boston Pops, Tom Jones, Randy Travis, Peter Cetera, Neil Diamond, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and “ELVIS, The Concert” with the “TCB Band”.

Paul performed on the motion pictures, "Star Wars “Return of the Jedi”, "The River", “Tank”, “The Legend of DB Cooper”, and “Dirty Dancing”. Episodic television series and specials include ‘Wonder Woman”, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, three “Elvis” mini-series, "Fall Guy", "Spencer for Hire", "The Tonight Show", "Growing Pains", “Battlestar Glactica”, “Barbara Mandrel and the Mandrel Sisters”, and "Dolly". He has performed on “The Grammy Awards”, eight years on Dick Clark’s "American Music Awards", 4 years with the “Academy of Country Music Awards”, and the perennial “Grand Ole Opry”.

His multiple Gold and Platinum album credits include, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Peter Cetera, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Michael W. Smith, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, PUR, Lorrie Morgan, Mark Chestnut, Lyle Lovett, Sandi Patti, Amy Grant, Colin Raye, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Bob Seger and Kenny Chesney.

Mike Severs(guitars): Credits in country music include number one records with Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, and Alabama. Credits in pop & rock include Paul Simon, Steve Winwood, Felix Cavaliere & Brian Wilson.

National Jingles for Ford Trucks, Coca Cola & McDonalds. Movie Soundtracks include "Best Little Whorehouse In Texas"(Dolly Parton), "Mrs Winterbourne"(Rickie Lake), and "Overboard"(Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russel).

Scott Spock: A multi-talented wrtier/producer/musician boasting Grammy nominations for his work on Avril Lavigne's new CD, "Let Go".

Scott's other credits include work on albums by Lauren Christy, Chante Moore, Robin S, and Melissa Manchester.

Kyle Jones(tabla/world percussion): Kyle has devoted much of his life, not just to the study of ethnic percussion instruments, but also to the underlying cultures and languages of their origins. He has studied with the world's foremost experts on many different types of drums, learning from Indian tabla masters and such well-known musicians as Elvin Jones and Terry Bozzio.

He counts the likes of master drummer Kenny Aronoff and Titans All Pro running back Eddie George as students, and has performed with Quincy Jones and Janet Jackson as well as in many other world class ensembles.

Gao Hong(Chinese Pipa Musician):  Gao Hong, a Chinese musical prodigy and master of the pear-shaped lute, the pipa, began her career as a professional musician at age 12. She graduated with honors from China's premier music school, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she studied with the great pipa master Lin Shicheng. In both China and the U.S. Gao has received numerous top awards and honors, including First Prize in the Hebei Professional Young Music Performers Competition and an International Art Cup in Beijing. In 2005 Gao Hong became the first traditional musician to be awarded the prestigious Bush Artist Fellowship, and in 2008 she became the only musician in any genre to win three McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians.