January 12, 2000 - LOS ANGELES - BMI will present "Circle Of Songs," a monthly, acoustic singer/songwriter showcase at The Gig in West Los Angeles, debuting Wednesday, January 26. The showcase will begin at 8 p.m. and admission is free. The Gig in West Los Angeles is located at 11637 West Pico Boulevard.
Founded by Jenna Leigh, a professional singer/songwriter who is also the General Manager of The Gig nightclubs, the series' aim is to raise awareness and showcase the Los Angeles singer/songwriting community. BMI's Cheryl Dickerson, Elisa Randazzo and Tracie Verlinde and singer/songwriter Jimmy Muffin will help Leigh book the monthly showcase, which will feature writers of all genres.
Appearing at the first BMI "Circle Of Songs" will be Muffin with Craig Eastman (fiddle), Eddie Cunningham and Sid Hillman, with a performance by special guest Allan Rich. The showcase will be held "in the round," with each songwriter performing up to five songs acoustically.
Muffin is a versatile singer/songwriter/producer who has written material for TV, as well as his own recordings. He had a top ten record in Europe with his CD On The Brink of Disaster. He also hosts and produces numerous benefits and showcases featuring new talent in the songwriters market.
Eddie Cunningham is a singer/songwriter who recently swept the California Country Music Association's regional, state and national competition in the category of "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Songwriter of the Year" for the song "Till My Thirst For You is Gone." He just finished recording his new CD, I Can't Wait, produced by Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen).
Having honed his creative edge in the LA music scene for the last eight years, Sid Hillman claims he started with "an acoustic guitar and caffeine headache." He developed The Sid Hillman Quartet, which showcases his mindful alchemy of unconventional songs. The Quartet has recently received airplay on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" with Nic Harcourt.
Rich is the writer of "Run To You" recorded by Whitney Houston and nominated for Academy and Grammy Awards; "I Don't Have The Heart," a #1 song for James Ingram; "For The First Time," recorded by Kenny Loggins and by Rod Stewart and nominated for Academy, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards; and "I Drive Myself Crazy" recorded by 'N Sync.
BMI is a performing rights organization that represents more than 250,000 songwriters, composers and publishers with a repertoire of more than 3 million songs and compositions from around the world and in all genres of music.