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Circle of Songs Roundly Praised

Posted in News on February 7, 2000
Monthly singer/songwriter showcase series is held at The Gig in West Los Angeles

February 18, 2000 - LOS ANGELES - The second of the BMI-sponsored "Circle of Songs" acoustic singer/songwriter showcases held "in the round" at the Gig in West Los Angeles will be on Wednesday, February 23. BMI, along with Jenna Leigh, manager of the Gig, hosts this event, set for the last Wednesday of every month; February's line-up includes Susan Toney, Che Zuro, Eddie Elliott and Daniel Fabiano. The showcase begins 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 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.

About the February 23 Circle of Songs performers:

Susan Toney -- Susan is certainly in her element with guitar in hand and audience before her as she captivates listeners with her diverse sound drawing on folk, rock, alternative, pop and country. Susan has performed for numerous national singer/songwriter showcases and has been spotlighted on many college radio stations.

Che Zuro -- In Che's words, "A good song is a good song, no matter what the instrumentation." This versatile singer/songwriter/producer played all the instruments on her 10,000 Jalama Road cd, but is right at home on stage in a solo acoustic format. Che has received honorable mentions for her participation in the Billboard Songwriting Contest and the first BMI John Lennon Scholarship Contest.

Eddie Elliott -- Eddie expresses his blend of acoustic rock, country and folk in soulful and passionate arrangements, always trying to reflect on the positive aspects of life. He began writing songs in 1991 while playing in a college band at the University of Maryland and has been writing ever since.

Daniel Fabiano -- Born in Argentina and raised in Australia, Daniel's musical influences are as culturally diverse as his background. From sounds ranging from the Beatles, Bowie, Peter Gabriel and a touch of Petty, Daniel's songwriting takes a startling approach to international pop rock.

Pictured at the debut showcase in January are (l to r) BMI's Barbara Cane and Cheryl Dickerson, Alan Rich, Jimmy Muffin, BMI's Tracie Verlinde, Sid Hillman, Eddie Cunningham, Jenna Leigh, and BMI's Elisa Randazzo.